Madan Lal

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Madan Lal
Personal information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 39 67
Runs scored 1042 401
Batting average 22.65 19.09
100s/50s -/5 -/1
Top score 74 53*
Balls bowled 5997 3164
Wickets 71 73
Bowling average 40.08 29.27
5 wickets in innings 4 -
10 wickets in match - n/a
Best bowling 5/23 4/20
Catches/stumpings 15/- 18/-
Source: [1], 4 February 2006

Madan Lal Udhouram Sharma[1] About this sound pronunciation  (Punjabi ਮਦਨ ਲਾਲ, Hindi मदन लाल and Urdu مدن لال ادی رام شرما ) (born 20 March 1951, Amritsar, Punjab, India) is a former Indian cricketer (1974–1987) and Indian national cricket coach born in a Brahmin family. He coached Delhi Giants in the Indian Cricket League. Madan Lal enjoyed outstanding all-round success at first-class level scoring 10,204 runs (av 42.87), including 22 hundreds, also capturing 625 wickets (av 25.50). He had a side-on bowling action.

He played 39 Test matches for India, scoring 1,042 runs at an average of 22.65, taking 71 wickets at 40.08 and holding 15 catches. He was a fairly competent lower order batsman, often extricating the Indian team from tricky situations which earned him the nickname, Maddat Lal by grateful Indian fans.

Madan Lal bowled the first ball to Dennis Amiss of England in the 1975 World Cup[2] He made 67 One Day Internationals appearances and was also a member of the 1983 World Cup final winning team where he teamed up with Kapil Dev, Balwinder Sandhu, Roger Binny, Mohinder Amarnath and Kirti Azad to contain and destroy the opposition.In the 1983 world cup finale Kapil Dev took the extraordinary catch of Vivian Richards off the bowling of Madan Lal.

Madan Lal played for Punjab but later played for Bombay.

On 6 April 2013 Madan Lal came on a crime show called Hum Ne Li Hai- Shapath on Life OK at 9pm.


In his retirement, Madan Lal has been actively involved in the game in various capacities

  • Madan Lal coached the UAE team[citation needed]
  • Madan Lal had a stint as India's National Cricket Coach between September 1996 and September 1997[3]
  • Member of the Selection Committee in 2000 and 2001.
  • Served as the coach of the Delhi Giants (known as the Delhi Jets till 2008) in the Indian Cricket League till it became defunct
  • He later applied for BCCI's amnesty offer since the ICL is not a recognized Twenty20 League

Political career[edit]

In March 2009, the Indian National Congress decided to field Madan Lal as their candidate for the Hamirpur Parliamentary constituency bye elections in Himachal Pradesh. Madan Lal was chosen to contest the bye elections against Anurag Thakur, son of the Himachal Pradesh BJP leader, Prem Kumar Dhumal.


  1. ^ "Cricinfo Website - Madan Lal Profile". Cricinfo. 1996-09-25. Retrieved 2007-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Who Shrunk Test Cricket?". Rediff. 2002-12-26. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Madan Lal appointed as Manager". Cricinfo. 1996-09-25. Retrieved 2007-03-17. 
Preceded by
Sandeep Patil
Indian National Cricket Coach (Manager)
September 1996 – October 1997
Succeeded by
Anshuman Gaekwad