Arun Lal is a former Indian cricketer, who was a right-handed opener and cricket commentator.
Jagdishlal Arun Lal was born on Monday, 1 August 1955.age 66 years; by 2021) in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. He did his schooling from Mayo College, Ajmer, after which he earned a degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Hair Color: salt pepper
Eye Colour: black
Lal belongs to a family of cricketers. His father, uncle and cousin had played first-class cricket before him.
His father, Dheer Jagdish Lal was also an opener, representing 8 different teams in 16 first-class matches.
Arun Lal was married to Reena but they parted ways by mutual decision. Despite the separation, Arun still lives with his first wife who is ill. He stays with Reena to take care of her. After separating from his first wife, he has been in a relationship with Bulbul Saha. Reportedly, Arun took consent from his first wife and got engaged to Bulbul in 2022.
The wedding invitation of the new couple also went viral on social media. According to the invitation card, the wedding will take place on May 2 at Peerless Inn, Esplanade, Kolkata.
Arun Lal’s uncle, Dhir Muni Lal, was a right-handed opener who played for southern Punjab and northern India in the 1930s. Arun’s cousin Akash Lal was also an opener who played for Delhi and Punjab in Indian domestic cricket in the 1960s.
In 1982, he made his ODI debut against England in Cuttack on 27 January. In the same year, he made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Madras with a 63, and he shared a partnership of 156 with Sunil Gavaskar. In his second Test appearance, he scored 51 against Pakistan and again shared a 100-plus partnership with Sunil Gavaskar; However, he was dropped after managing only 49 totals in his next four innings. He played a total of 16 Test innings from 1982 to 1989, scoring 729 runs at an average of 26.03. His highest Test score is 93, which he made against West Indies in Calcutta in 1987. He scored six Test fifties under his name, including a debut against Sri Lanka in 1982 and two against Pakistan in the same match at the Eden Gardens in 1987. He played 13 ODIs and his ODI average was 9.36. He played his last Test and ODI matches for India on the tour of West Indies in 1988–89.
At the Indian domestic level, he represented both the Bengal cricket team and the Delhi cricket team. After trying to prove his mettle for 6 years in Delhi, he decided to move to Bengal. He joined the Bengal cricket team in 1981. His unbeaten half-century in the 1989–90 Ranji Trophy final helped Bengal win their first Ranji Trophy after 51 years in 1989. He also played an important role in the victory of the Eastern Region at Duleep. Deodhar Trophy. He played first-class cricket until 1995 and scored over 10,000 runs in 156 first-class matches with a top score of 287 and a batting average of 46.94. He announced his retirement from competitive cricket in 2001. His last club match was for East Bengal. At the time of retirement, he was fifth in the list of highest career run scorers in Ranji history with 6760 runs at an average of 53.23. In an interview, he said that he was forced to leave due to physical deficiencies. He said,
It may sound strange, but this year, I had a problem after playing a club match in a hot and humid summer. So I decided to leave after the official end of the season today.”
Last year also in the same period, I scored a century. However, this year I was not feeling as tired as I am feeling. The recovery factor is taking too long. This has forced me to take the decision to step down.”
He then became the head coach of the Eastern Zone branch of the National Cricket Academy and the head coach of the Bengal cricket team. In 2017, his former teammate Sourav Ganguly called him up. According to Lal, he thought it was a courtesy call from a close friend, but it turned out to be an offer from the then president of the Cricket Association of Bengal to advise the state’s senior team.
His methods of rigorous training of young boys of Bengal were initially criticized; However, under his guidance, Bengal reached the final of India’s premier domestic competition, the Ranji Trophy, in 2020 after a gap of 13 years. Speaking about his guidance to the players of Bengal in an interview, he said,
Team is paramount and everything else is secondary. First you bring your team spirit and then your skill, talent, mental ability everything comes.”
In an interview, when he was asked about his journey from Ranji winning team to Ranji final team manager, he replied,
I cannot tell you how emotional this journey has been for me. I am like a father now. If a son does well, it is even happier for the father than the work done personally. So, it will be a huge achievement for me if this team can win Ranji Trophy as compared to my victory as a player. I value my journey as a player more than my journey that season. ,
According to Arun, international players should continue to play domestic cricket as well. In an interview he said,
The most important tournament in this country is the Ranji Trophy and not the IPL.
After retiring from cricket, Arun Lal did commentary. He also writes columns on cricket.
- Lal took a strict stance to inculcate discipline in the Bengal team under his coaching. He coached the players in all conditions including the scorching summer heat and rain. His harsh approach was heavily criticized and some media houses questioned whether Bengal cricketers would compete in the Olympics. In an interview, Arun defended his coaching method and said,
When I ran these boys for 25 rounds, there was a lot of criticism.”
- Following the outbreak of Covid-19, BCCI’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for state associations barred more than 60 persons from attending training camps due to their vulnerability to contracting the virus. Lal took a strong stand against the SOP and cited the example of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on how he is running the country at his age. In an interview he said,
The Prime Minister is 69 and he is currently running the country. Are they asking him to step down?”
As a person, whether I coach Bengal or not, it doesn’t matter but I will live my life. Don’t expect me to be 65 so I’ll lock myself in a room for the next 30 years. It doesn’t happen like that.”
Awards, Honors, Achievements
Arun Lal was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on 3 August 2019.
In January 2016, Lal was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a type of jaw cancer. He underwent intensive treatment including 14 hours of surgery and replacement of his jaw. In an interview he briefly spoke about his experience and said,
It took me a year to get out of this because my entire jaw had to be rebuilt or else I wouldn’t have a face. From my leg, they cut off one of the bones (fibula) and they literally made a new jaw. I was on crutches because of the leg (cut in the leg) and I couldn’t move my right arm because of all the broken nerves from my neck. It was a harrowing experience”
He successfully recovered from cancer. In an interview, when asked about his battle with cancer and how it changed his outlook on life, he said,
Every day is a lesson for man. You are not the same person today as you were yesterday. You definitely go through changes when this kind of thing happens. You have to go through a difficult test, now you are stronger, you look at life differently. I feel that I am strong mentally and physically. I am very satisfied with myself and as long as God is with me, I have no complaints.”
- Commentator: Ian Chappell, Sunny [Gavaskar]Sunday [Shastri]Sanjay [Manjrekar]Rameez [Raja]Tony Gregg
Facts / Trivia
- Arun Lal is also known by the name of his close friend Piggy.
- In 1979, he moved from Delhi to Calcutta and started the Bournvita Cricket Academy, which is one of the top cricket coaching academies in Kolkata.
- He represented Bengal in Doordarshan’s national unity song “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara”.
- He has been a strong advocate of wildlife conservation over the years.
- A little known fact about Arun Lal is that he is a bird watcher by passion and has worked to save migratory birds in Santragachi, Howrah.
- In an interview, he told that he has planted more than 4,000 trees. He said,
My main passion is planting trees. Then cricket.”
- Reportedly, Arun Lal supported them by funding the education of various underprivileged children and being a father to them. Those kids grew up to be successful people. Bikash, who was the son of a washerman, is now the head of the treasury at JSW Steel, Dr Anoop Sarkar is a super specialty gastroenterologist at PG Hospital in Kolkata, Ashwini is a doctor at AIIMS in Delhi, and Sanjeet is an IT professional. Sweden.
- Reportedly, Arun was instrumental in persuading the selectors to select Ganguly for the Ranji final in 1990. In an interview, Lal revealed,
I had seen Sourav grow from the very beginning. I supported him from his early days. In fact, I was among those who insisted on his inclusion in the final when the selectors were skeptical about selecting him. ,