Arun Lal

Arun Lal About this soundpronunciation  (born 1 August 1955) is a retired Indian cricketer, and a cricket commentator. He played for India, as a right-handed batsman, between 1982 and 1989 was a gritty player though it didn't reflect in his batting average of 26.03. [1]

Arun Lal
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Personal information
Born (1955-08-01) 1 August 1955 (age 66)
Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm medium
RelationsJagdish Lal (father)
Muni Lal (uncle)
Akash Lal (cousin)
International information
National side
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC List A
Matches 16 13 156 65
Runs scored 729 122 10421 1734
Batting average 26.03 9.38 46.94 28.90
100s/50s -/6 -/1 30/43 -/12
Top score 93 51 287 90
Balls bowled 16 1856 699
Wickets 21 14
Bowling average 21 40.78
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling 4/79 3/38
Catches/stumpings 13/- 4/- 145/- 22/-
Source: Cricinfo, 16 May 2016

His columns about cricket analysis regularly appears in newspaper and internet columns. He moved from Delhi to Calcutta in 1979 and started a cricket academy.[2] He joined the Bengal cricket team in 1981 and presently serves as their head coach.[3]

Early life and educationEdit

Arun Lal did his schooling at Mayo College, Ajmer and received his undergraduate degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. [4]


In 1982, he made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Madras with 63 and shared a partnership of 156 with Sunil Gavaskar. In his next test, he scored 51 against Pakistan and shared an opening partnership with Sunil Gavaskar for 105. His highest test innings score is 93 made against West Indies at Calcutta in 1987.

His ODI average stands at 9.36. At Indian domestic level he represented Bengal cricket team and Delhi cricket team where he has a record of scoring over 10,000 runs with a top score of 287 and a batting average of 46.94. He resigned from domestic cricket in March 2001. His last club match was for East Bengal.[5]

He represented Bengal in the iconic Doordarshan national integration song, "Mile Sur Mera Tumara". In that he comes out of the Kolkata metro rail. He usually commentates on matches India play at home, which are broadcast by Star Sports.

In 2016, he was detected having jaw cancer which has kept him out of commentary box since January 2016.[6]

Arun Lal conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award by the Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB’s) on 3 August 2019.[7]


  1. ^ indianexpress Archived 19 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Arun Lal, Interview Archived 14 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Talukdar, Shreyasi. "Arun Lal interview: Bengal Ranji Trophy team full of heroes, says coach as they gear up to face Saurashtra in final". Firstcricket. Firstpost. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Arun Lal — the man behind Bengal's march".
  5. ^ Arun Lal says good bye to cricket, ESPN Cricinfo
  6. ^ Arun Lal in recovery after battling cancer
  7. ^ [1]

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