Mohinder Amarnath Bhardwaj

Mohinder Amarnath Bhardwaj

Born: 24 September 1950, Patiala, Punjab
Major Teams: Punjab, Delhi, Baroda, Durham, Wiltshire, India.
Known As: Mohinder Amarnath
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium


The comeback man of Indian cricket, Mohinder Amarnath scored centuries on a recall to the Indian side on no less than 3 occasions. Playing his first Test as a genuine allrounder in 1969-70, he resurfaced as a batsman who bowled a bit, in the West Indies in 1975-76. He capped a good series with a heroic 60 at Kingston, in an innings in which 5 Indians were unable to bat. Inconsistent Test performances and occasional trouble with the hook led to him being in and out of the team over the next few years. A string of big scores in domestic cricket (which led Delhi and North Zone to various titles in the late '70s and early '80s) led to his recall against Pakistan in 1982-83.

An amazing 12 months followed. In Pakistan, he proved to be the only Indian batsman other than Gavaskar who could hold his end up, while Imran Khan clinically demolished the Indian line-up. A new, square-on stance, though somewhat inelegant, gave him greater assurance against fast bowlers, and he headed the Indian averages in that series. In the West Indies a few months later, he played their feared pace attack as well as anyone else had in the '80s. Innings of 91 and 80 at Barbados, where he repeatedly hooked the pacers despite taking a few blows on his body, confirmed both his determination and his skill. In the midst of the Indian World Cup win in 1983, he won the man-of-the-match award in both the semi-finals and the finals. Then, the West Indies came to India in 1983-84, and the wheels fell apart. A solitary run in 6 Test innings nearly erased memories of his magical year.

He answered with a century on his recall to the Indian side against Pakistan in 1984-85. Thereafter, he was a mainstay of the Indian batting, proving to be arguably India's best batsman of the '80s. He had a sound technique, despite his somewhat unorthodox square-on stance. His batting was characterized by complete fearlessness and fierce determination. He is perhaps best remembered for his hooks, which, in the '80s, he played more often and better than any other Indian batsman. Though he continued to bowl a few overs here and there, his bowling was essentially a prelude to the spinners. His gentle medium pacers proved useful sometimes, as in the World Cup in England in 1983

Test Debut: India v Australia at Madras, 5th Test, 1969/70
Last Test: India v West Indies at Madras, 4th Test, 1987/88

ODI Debut: India v England at Lord's, World Cup, 1975
Last ODI: India v West Indies at Bombay, Nehru Cup, 1989/90

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1984

Career Statistics:

                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   69  113  10  4378  138   42.50  11  24   47   0

                     Balls    M     R    W    Ave   BBI   5 10    SR  Econ
Bowling               3676  101  1782   32  55.68  4-63   0  0 114.8  2.90

                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   85   75  12  1924  102*  30.53   2  13   23   0

                     Balls    M     R    W    Ave   BBI  4w 5w    SR  Econ
Bowling               2730   17  1971   46  42.84  3-12   0  0  59.3  4.33

 (1966/67 - 1988/89)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding  248  379  61 13747  207   43.22  30  67  153   0

                    Balls     R    W    Ave   BBI    5  10    SR  Econ
Bowling             21056  9107  277  32.87  7-27    8   1  76.0  2.59

 (1975 - 1989/90)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding  109   99  17  2701  102*  32.93   2  18   26   0

                    Balls     R    W    Ave   BBI   4w  5w    SR  Econ
Bowling              3703  2611   61  42.80  3-12    0   0  60.7  4.23


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