India's 1983 World Cup hero, Mohinder Amarnath ( Commonly known as “Jimmy”) is a former Indian cricketer, born on 24th September 1950 in Patiala, Punjab. He was an all-rounder during his playing days and scored 4,378 runs from 69 Test matches, in a career that stretched from 1969 to 1988. He also played 85 One Day Internationals, he scored 1,924 runs at an average of 30.53 and a highest score of 102 n.o. and claimed 46 wickets at 42.84 a piece.
About Amarnath family, he was born in a family with a sporting background. His father, Lala Amarnath was the first captain of India post-independence. His brother Surinder Amarnath was a former Test cricketer and Rajinder Amarnath was a former first-class cricketer.
A prolific batsman and a pace bowler, Amarnath has had his fair share of blows against the pacers – knocked out teeth, fractured jaws and countless hits to the ribs but never has been an instance where Amarnath has shown pain on the field. This attitude earned him the respect of his peers and opposition alike.
Things got better in 1983, when he played a major part in India’s successful World Cup campaign. He did extremely well in the World Cup his all-round performances in the semi-final and the final saw him get back to back Man of the Match awards, apart from being declared the Man of the Series.
He is the only ODI batsman to be dismissed both “handled the ball” (1986)and “obstructing the field” (1989).
After retirement, Amarnath worked with a young Bangladesh side in the early 90s, but was axed after they failed to qualify for the 1996 World Cup. He also gave his services to the Bengal Ranji team.
Mohinder Amaranth was honoured with the C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2008-09 by the BCCI.