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Amar Singh - The Cricketer

Ladhabhai Nakum Amar Singh (pronunciation: [Amar Singh Ladha]) was an Indian Test cricketer born on 4 December 1910 and passed away on 21 May 1940.

A right-arm fast-medium bowler and an effective lower-order batsman, Amar Singh played in seven Tests for India before World War II, taking 28 wickets in these matches. He was the first Indian fast bowler and all-rounder, as well as the first Indian to receive a Test cap. Amar Singh also scored India's first half-century in Test cricket, in India's inaugural Test.


First-Class Career

The 1932 Indian Test Cricket team that toured England featured Amar Singh standing fifth from the right. Over a nine-year period, he played 92 first-class matches, taking 508 wickets at an average of 18.35 and scoring five centuries as a batsman. In domestic cricket, he was the first Indian to achieve the all-rounder's double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in the Ranji Trophy.

International Cricket

Against England at Madras in 1933–34, Amar Singh scored 48 and took 7 for 86 in the first innings. At Lord's in 1936, he claimed 6 for 35. In the unofficial series against Lord Tennyson's MCC team of 1937–38, he captured 36 wickets at 16.66. In club cricket, playing for Colne in the Lancashire League, he scored two centuries and six half-centuries, taking 101 wickets at 12.11 in 360 overs.

Praise from Famous Cricketers

According to English cricket legend Wally Hammond, Amar Singh was "as dangerous an opening bowler as I have ever seen." In an informal press meeting in 1940, Leonard Hutton said, "There is no better bowler in the world today than Amar Singh." Singh also had an elder brother, Ladha Ramji, an aggressive fast bowler who played a test for India against England in Bombay. His nephew, VL Nakum, also played first-class cricket.


Amar Singh Ladha passed away on the morning of 21 May 1940, from pneumonia at his residence in Jamnagar.