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Madan Lal Udhouram Sharma[1] About this soundpronunciation  (Punjabi ਮਦਨ ਲਾਲ, Hindi मदन लाल and Urdu مدن لال ادی رام شرما ) born 20 March 1951) is a former Indian cricketer (1974–1987) and Indian national cricket coach. He was also a member of the World Cup winning India squad of 1983.

Madan Lal
Personal information
Full nameMadan Lal Udhouram Sharma
Born (1951-03-20) 20 March 1951 (age 68)
Amritsar, Punjab, India
NicknameMadipa, Maddat Lal
BattingRight-hand batsman
BowlingRight-arm medium
RelationsKunal Lal (Son)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 130)6 June, 1974 v England
Last Test19 June, 1986 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 5)13 July, 1974 v England
Last ODI20 March, 1987 v England
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 39 67 232 111
Runs scored 1042 401 10204 1171
Batting average 22.65 19.09 42.87 25.45
100s/50s 0/5 0/1 22/50 -/5
Top score 74 53* 223 64
Balls bowled 5997 3164 33123 5456
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 n/a 5 n/a
Best bowling 5/23 4/20 9/31 4/20
Catches/stumpings 15/- 18/- 141/– 31/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 4 August 2014

Playing careerEdit

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.

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 careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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

International awardsEdit

One Day International CricketEdit

Man of the Match awardsEdit

No. Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Zimbabwe Grace Road, Leicester 11 June 1983 10.4–0–27–3 ; DNB   India won by 5 wickets.[8]


  1. ^ "Cricinfo Website – Madan Lal Profile". Cricinfo. 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". Cricinfo. 25 September 1996. Retrieved 17 March 2007.
  5. ^ madanlalcricketacademy
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ tribuneindia
  8. ^ "1983 Prudential World Cup – 8th Match – India v Zimbabwe – Leicester".

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Preceded by
Sandeep Patil
Indian National Cricket Coach (Manager)
September 1996 – October 1997
Succeeded by
Anshuman Gaekwad
Preceded by
United Arab Emirates national cricket coach
Succeeded by
Abdul Razzaq Kazim