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Lala Amarnath’s grandson makes first-class debut

Lala Amarnath's grandson Digvijay Amarnath makes his first-class debut in Sri Lanka.

Amarnath family’s third generation makes first-class debut

Following in the footsteps of his legendary grandfather Lala Amarnath,Digvijay Amarnath has made his foray into cricket with a first-class debut in Sri Lanka.

Lala,who scored India’s first ever Test century and later on went on to lead India,was a father figure in Indian cricket.

Then came his eldest son Surinder,who captained the Indian Schoolboys Test Team and later went on to score a century on Test debut like his father.

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The duo gave India the unique record of the only father and son to score a 100 on debut in Test cricket.

They were followed by Mohinder,who played a leading role in India’s first ever World Cup win in 1983.

Now the third generation of the Amarnath family has stepped on to the cricket field with the 22-year-old son of Surinder,Digvijay,making his first class debut.

Before that,Digvijay was selected to train at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai as a batsman last year.

Digvijay,a left-hander like his father,was called for a Ranji trial by the Goa Cricket Association after which he was inducted in the probables camp.

Post this stint,Digvijay went back to MRF and started his training where a coach from Sri Lanka spotted him batting in the nets and was quick to invite Digvijay to play first-class cricket.

Digvijay was signed up by Baduraliya Cricket Club to play in the three-day Premier League tournament. He displayed promise by scoring a patient 62 right in just his second first-class game.

He is now back from Sri Lanka and is hopeful of getting a break in India.