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Madan Lal
Personal information
Full name
Madan Lal Udhouram Sharma
Born (1951-03-20) 20 March 1951 (age 73)
Amritsar, Punjab, India
NicknameMaddi Paa, Maddat Lal
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 130)6 June 1974 v England
Last Test19 June 1986 v England
ODI debut (cap 5)13 July 1974 v England
Last ODI20 March 1987 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Head coaching information
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 39 67 232 111
Runs scored 1,042 401 10,204 1,171
Batting average 22.65 19.09 42.87 25.45
100s/50s 0/5 0/1 22/50 0/5
Top score 74 53* 223 64
Balls bowled 5,997 3,164 33,123 5,456
Wickets 71 73 625 119
Bowling average 40.08 29.27 25.50 30.20
5 wickets in innings 4 0 27 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 5 0
Best bowling 5/23 4/20 9/31 4/20
Catches/stumpings 15/– 18/– 141/– 31/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  India
ICC Cricket World Cup
Winner 1983 England and Wales
World Championship of Cricket
Winner 1985 Australia
ACC Asia Cup
Winner 1984 United Arab Emirates
Austral-Asia Cup
Runner-up 1986 United Arab Emirates
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 4 August 2014

Madan Lal Udhouram Sharma[1] (pronunciation; born 20 March 1951) is a former Indian cricketer (1974–1987) and Indian national cricket coach. He was a member of the 1983 Cricket World Cup winning India squad. He was also a part of the Indian squad which won the 1985 World Championship of Cricket.

Playing career

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, Maddad Lal by grateful Indian fans.

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 Delhi. Madan Lal also bowled the first ball to Dennis Amiss of England in the 1975 World Cup[2]

Coaching career

In his retirement, Madan Lal has been actively involved in the game in various capacities. Madan Lal coached the UAE team[3] for 1996 Cricket World Cup. Madan Lal had a stint as India's national cricket coach between September 1996 and September 1997[4]

He was member of the Selection Committee from 2000 and 2001. He joined and 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 was not a recognized Twenty20 League.

Madan Lal run a cricket academy in Siri Fort Sports Complex, Delhi.[5] He was appointed as chief coach of the Sanjay Jagdale MPCA Academy in 2010.[6]

Political career

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.[7]

Acting career

In April 2013, Madan Lal appeared on a crime show called Hum Ne Li Hai- Shapath.

In popular culture

A Bollywood film titled 83 was released in 2021 and is about the event of India's first world cup win at Lords. The film features Harrdy Sandhu as Madan Lal and is directed and produced by Kabir Khan and Anurag Kashyap respectively.[8][9]


  1. ^ "ESPNcricinfo Website – Madan Lal Profile". ESPNcricinfo. 25 September 1996. Retrieved 17 March 2007.
  2. ^ "Who Shrunk Test Cricket?". Rediff. 26 December 2002. Retrieved 2 April 2007.
  3. ^ "Coaches India team has had in the past – CricTracker". 14 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Madan Lal appointed as Manager". ESPNcricinfo. 25 September 1996. Retrieved 17 March 2007.
  5. ^ madanlalcricketacademy
  6. ^ "Madan Lal appointed chief coach of MP Cricket Academy". 22 December 2010.
  7. ^ tribuneindia
  8. ^ "Ranveer Singh introduces Hardy Sandhu as Madan Lal in '83' character poster". Business Standard India. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Ranveer Singh introduces Hardy Sandhu as Madan Lal in '83' character poster". The New Indian Express. 18 January 2020. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
Preceded bySandeep Patil Indian National Cricket Coach (Manager) September 1996 – October 1997 Succeeded byAnshuman Gaekwad Preceded byunknown United Arab Emirates national cricket coach 1996 Succeeded byAbdul Razzaq Kazim
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