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|Full name||Raman Lamba|
2 January 1960|
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Died||23 February 1998
|Test debut||17 January 1987 v Sri Lanka|
|Last Test||25 November 1987 v West Indies|
|ODI debut||7 October 1986 v Australia|
|Last ODI||22 December 1989 v Pakistan|
|Domestic team information|
Source: CricketArchive, 12 September 2011
Raman Lamba pronunciation (help·info) (2 January 1960 – 23 February 1998) was an Indian cricketer who played in four Tests and 32 One Day Internationals, mainly as a batsman. He was a popular player in Bangladesh's Dhaka Premier League and has also represented Ireland in unofficial One Day International matches. Lamba died after slipping into coma due to internal haemorrhage, three days after being hit on the temple by a cricket ball while fielding in Bangladesh's league cricket.
Raman Lamba was born on 2 January 1960 at Meerut. He was a right-handed bat, noted for his fitness. He commenced his Ranji Trophy career in 1980-81, and continued until his death in the 1997-98 season. He scored 6362 runs at an average of 53.91 in 87 matches, scoring 22 centuries including 5 double centuries and his career highest of 312 versus Himachal Pradesh at Delhi in 1994-95, which is not only his personal highest score but it is one among the highest individual scores for Delhi. In 1994-95 he aggregated 1034 runs in 10 matches at an average of 73.86 with 3 centuries and 4 half centuries, which was a record number of runs in a Ranji Trophy season. He led Delhi in 8 matches in the season 1994-95, winning 3 and drawing 5. His 320 in the Duleep Trophy for North Zone against West Zone in the final at Bhilai in 1986-87 still remains among highest individual scores. In first-class cricket, he scored a total of 8776 runs at 53.84 and his 175 innings including 31 centuries and 27 fifties.
Lamba's highest score 320* came in the Duleep Trophy Final in 1987-88 for North Zone v West Zone. The West might have felt very satisfied with their first innings score of 444, with their captain and Test opener Anshuman Gaekwad making 216. Their opponents, however, had other ideas and replied with 868 all out. Lamba left Gaekwad in the shade with 320 in 720 minutes which was scored off 471 balls including six 6s and thirty 4s. That season he totalled 1097 runs at 84.38. Seven years later he crossed the triple hundred mark again with 312 for Delhi in a Ranji Trophy match versus Himachal Pradesh at Delhi. The hosts ran up 637-3 declared owing much to a first wicket Indian record wicket 464 between Lamba and Ravi Sehgal, who made 216. Lamba's 312 came off 392 balls with two 6s and twenty five 4s and took 567 minutes. These innings and similar knocks, such as his 617 balls 250 for Delhi v Punjab in 1996/97 gained him a somewhat mixed reputation.
Lamba appeared for India as a one day player in the 1986 Australasia Cup final, when he also took an acrobatic catch to dismiss Abdul Qadir off Kapil Dev, where he played as substitute fielder. He had a great opening in One day cricket as he scored 64 in his first match and 102 in his sixth match as he won the man of the series against Australia for scoring 278 runs at an average of 55.60 per innings with a century and 2 fifties. His scoring pattern in 6 innings were 64, 1, 20*, 74, 17 and 102. Lamba and Krishnamachari Srikkanth were India's openers for the Jawaharlal Nehru Centenary Cup in 1989. Twice they had 100 runs opening partnership, against Australia and Pakistan. Their approach was similar, as both were stroke players. Their aggressive batting approach as openers was later adopted by opening pair Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana in 1996 world cup.
50's and 100's
|1||Australia||7th Sep, 1986||c Border b Mathews||64||India won by 7 wickets|
|2||Australia||2nd Oct, 1986||c sub (MRJ Veletta) b S.Waugh||74||India won by 3 wickets|
|3||Australia||7th Oct, 1986||b Bruce Reid||102||India lost by 3 wickets|
|4||Sri Lanka||13th Jan, 1987||not out||57||India won by 6 wickets|
|5||West Indies||23rd Oct, 1989||c Dujon b Walsh||61||India lost by 20 runs|
|6||Australia||27th Oct, 1989||lbw G.Mathews||57||India won by 3 wickets|
|7||Pakistan||28th Oct, 1989||c Aaqib Javed b Abdul Qadir||57||India lost by 77 runs|
Lamba had a moderate start at an average of 33.67 against the Sri Lankans, but failed in his only test against the West Indies, scoring just one run in two innings which virtually ended his career as a Test player. He did make a comeback to test cricket playing XI against Pakistan in 1989, but injured his finger during nets and couldn't play in the match. and Mohammad Azharuddin was given a chance again.
|1||Sri Lanka||1986||c Jurangpathy b EAR de Silva||53||India won by an innings and 106 runs|
Lamba died on 23 February 1998 in the Post Graduate Hospital in Dhaka in Bangladesh after he was hit on the temple by a cricket ball hit by Mehrab Hossain off left arm spinner Saifullah Khan while fielding at forward short leg. (It is said[by whom?] that Lamba was asked to wear a helmet, but he thought it was unnecessary as only three balls of the over were remaining when he was asked to move to that position. He was known[by whom?] not to use a helmet while fielding close in.) Lamba was playing for Dhaka's leading club, Abahani Krira Chakra, in the final of the Premier Division cricket match versus Mohammedan Sporting Club at the Dhaka Bangabandhu Stadium on 20 February 1998. The shot was so ferocious that the ball deflected from his head and flew into wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud' s gloves. He was not wearing a helmet. Mohammad Aminul Islam, the former Bangladesh captain, recalled "I was the new man in and asked Raman if he was okay. He said, 'Bulli (Islam's nickname is Bulbul) main to mar gaya' (I am dead, Bulli)". Although the injury did not appear to be particularly serious, Lamba suffered an internal haemorrhage and slipped into a coma. Although a neurosurgeon was flown in from Delhi, all efforts were in vain. After three days his ventilator was removed and Lamba was declared dead.
There were tributes from all over the world when Lamba died. His wife Kim, paid him the most moving tribute when she put the cap of his local team, Sonnet Club on Lamba.
In 1990, while playing as an overseas professional cricketer in Ireland with Ulster, Raman Lamba met his future wife and Irishwoman Kim Michelle Crothers. They got married in September 1990, Raman and Kim have two children Jasmyn and Kamran. Kim settled down with both children in Portugal
- On his first tour abroad to England in 1986, he was involved in a rare incident when 12 fielders were on the field for one full over from Ravi Shastri in the second test against England at Leeds, when as a substitute for K. Srikkanth, he remained on the field even though Srikkanth had already arrived on the field quietly, without requesting Raman Lamba to go back to the pavilion. The umpires were also unaware of Srikkanth's return to the field throughout the 6-ball over in which, fortunately, nothing untoward took place on the field.
- Just as Lamba could not play a test on the tour of England in 1986, he missed a test on his next tour of Pakistan in 1989-90 due to a finger injury in the morning of first test.
- Lamba was involved in one more controversial incident. He had a wordy clash with West Zone cricketer Rashid Patel on the field of play during a Duleep Trophy match at Jamshedpur in 1990-91. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on February 25, 1991 banned Lamba till December 31, 1991 and Patel till March 31, 1992 from playing in any first-class cricket match, as a punishment.
International Cricket Centuries
|ODI centuries of Raman Lamba|
|1||102||7||Australia||Rajkot, India||Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium||1986||Lost|
One Day International Cricket
Man of the Match awards
|1||Australia||Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi||2 October 1986||1 Ct. ; 74 (68 balls: 8x4, 1x6)||India won by 3 wickets.|
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