The father-son relationship is always very special. In cricket we have numerous fathers and sons who both have played for the same country and India is no exception. We too have lots of father son duo who have featured in the blue cap. In some cases the father was comparatively more famous than the son and in others the son stole the spotlight from the father. And in some instances both were equally dominating. Here is a list of 5 prominent fathers and sons who have played for Team India:
1) The Pataudis – Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
Both the father and son served as the captains of the Indian cricket team. Senior Pataudi led the team for the tour of England in 1946 while junior Pataudi made is captaincy debut in the West Indies tour in 1962.
Iftikhar Pataudi holds a unique distinction of playing Test matches for both India and England ! On the other hand, Mansoor Pataudi remains the youngest Test skipper to lead India at the age of 21 years and 77 days. He sustained a severe eye injury in an accident in Hove, back in 1961 which damaged his right eye permanently. Yet it did not stop him from taking the field and earning him the nickmane of ‘Tiger’ for his immense courage and strength and the tag of ‘India’s greatest cricket captain.’
Perfect father-son duo !
2) The Amarnaths – Lala Amarnath, Mohinder Amarnath and Surinder Amarnath
Lala Amarnath was considered a living legend of the Indian cricket. He was the first Indian cricketer to score a Test century, that also on his debut ! Not only that, he became the independent India’s first Test captain when he led the team in the tour of Australia in 1947-1948. His sons Mohinder and Surinder also played for the national team, the former being more famous.
Mohinder Amarnath, who is known as ‘Jimmy’, is widely remembered for his all-round performance in the 1983 Cricket World Cup where he played a crucial role in India’s victory. He was awarded the Man of the Match for the semi-finals and finals and was also awarded the Man of the Series for the tournament.
Apart from the above accolades, Mohinder Amarnath was widely noted for his exceptional batting skills, especially against express pace, his courage and sheer determination. These combined qualities earned him the praise and appreciation from legends like Sunil Gavaskar, Imran Khan, Viv Richards and Malcolm Marshall.
On a comic note, Mohinder Amarnath remains the only Indian player to be given out for handling the ball and obstructing the ball !
Like father, like son !
3) The Gavaskars – Sunil Gavaskar and Rohan Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar, also known as the ‘Little Master’, is regarded as one the best opening batsman the cricketing world has ever seen. Besides more than 10000 runs and 34 centuries in Tests, Gavaskar has also captained India in the Tests and ODIs. He was also part of the Indian team which lifted the World Cup in 1983. Known for his brilliance with bat, especially against fast bowling, he had a career batting average of 51.12 in Tests and an average of 65.45 against West Indies, who used to feature four fiery fast bowlers at that time. His infamous innings of 36 not out after facing 174 balls, in an ODI against England in 1975 where he batted for the entire Indian innings earned him a lot of negative publicity !
His son Rohan, did feature for the Indian ODI team, played 11 ODI matches for India, notching up a solo half century. He was subsequently dropped as he failed to cement his place in the squad.
Alas, not every son is like his father !
4) The Singhs – Yograj Singh and Yuvraj Singh
Yograj Singh started his career as a fast bowler and played 1 Test match and 6 ODIs for the national team before an injury put an end to his cricketing career.
His son, Yuvraj has developed into one of the finest all-rounders of the modern day cricket. A cracking left handed batsman and a tricky slow left arm bowler, Yuvraj was awarded the Man of the Series award in the 2011 Cricket World Cup 2015 for his brilliant all-round performance. His epic 6 sixes in an over in the T20 World Cup 2007 in South Africa against England, was simply a treat to watch.
Few months back, Yograj Singh stirred a controversy by accusing Indian skipper MS Dhoni for ruining his son’s career as Yuvraj has left out of the World Cup squad.
The father surely loves his son a lot !
5) The Binnys – Roger Binny and Stuart Binny
Roger Binny became the first Anglo-Indian to play for the national side. He was an all-rounder by profession and was part of the World Cup winning squad of the 1983. He was best known for his impressive seam bowling during the 1983 World Cup where he scalped 18 wickets and emerged as the tournament’s highest wicket taker.
His son Stuart, following his father’s suit is also an seam bowling all-rounder and is slowly making way into the Indian ODI squad.
All the best Stuart !