Mohinder Amarnath - Hero of 1983 World Cup

Mohinder Amarnath Bhardwaj is a former Indian cricketer born on 24 September 1950. Mohinder nicknamed Jimmy or “The Comeback King” comes from a family of great cricketers his father Lala Amarnath, was the first captain of the Indian Cricket Team post India’s Independence. His brothers Suriender Amarnath and Rajinder Amarth were also great cricket players.

Jimmy was an all-rounder, right-handed batter, and right-handed bowler. “The Best Indian batsman against express pace,” said, cricketers. Amarnath was also full of controversies, he was the only Indian player who was dismissed obstructing the field in ODI matches and also was dismissed for handling the ball.

Mohinder debuted his career against Australia in the year 1969. Mohinder Amarnath appeared in 69 Tests, accumulating 4,378 runs at a 42.50 average with 11 hundreds and 24 fifties, and taking 32 wickets at a 55.68 average. He scored 1,924 runs at an average of 30.53 in 85 One Day Internationals, with the best score of 102 not out, and 46 wickets at 42.84 each.

He played his first Test debut on 24 December 1969 and his last Test Debut on 11 January 1988. He played his first ODI on 7th June 1975 and his last ODI on 30 October 1989.

Awarded “Man of the Match” for his performance in Semi-Finals and Finals during the 1983 World Cup and First-Ever One Day International Title. Amarnath was also the vice-captain of the Indian Cricket team during the 1983 World Cup.

In the late 80s and early 90s, a TV Programme came with the name “Cricket with Mohinder Amarnath” where members of the Indian Cricket Team were called and were interviewed. Amarnath also interviewed 15-year-old Sachin Tendulkar when Sachin used to play Domestic matches. 

Currently, Amarnath is a cricket analyst and selector of North Zone.

Film 83 has been released based on the win of India’s first world cup where Saqib Saleem will be playing as Mohinder Amarnath Bhardwaj. 

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