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Birth Anniversary of Indian cricketer, Raman Lamba

Birth Anniversary of Indian cricketer, Raman Lamba was born on 2 January 1960, in Meerut, India. He was an Indian cricketer. Raman had played in four Tests and 32 One Day Internationals, mainly as a batsman for the Indian Cricket Team. He was a popular player in Bangladesh’s Dhaka Premier League and has also served Ireland in unofficial One Day International matches.

Birth Anniversary of Indian cricketer, Raman Lamba playing in Ireland
Birth Anniversary of Indian cricketer, Raman Lamba playing in Ireland

It is said that every move Lamba took on the field flowed of exuberance. Every bit of him, from his hairs to his swagger, was full of panache. His strokeplay was smashing, and the only reason he did not get enough runs at the highest level was probably that he never understood when to control his batting strokes, for they all came so easily to him.

Cricketer Raman Lamba with a trophy
Cricketer Raman Lamba with a trophy

His Test career fetched him 102 runs at 20. At First-Class level, however, the numbers shot up to 8,776 runs at 54, and he converted 31 of his 58 fifty-plus scores to hundreds. 

Cricketer Raman Lamba

Raman Lamba was acknowledged for not to use a helmet while fielding close in, this reckless attitude became the cause for his death. Lamba was playing for Dhaka’s leading club, Abahani Krira Chakra, in the final of the Premier league cricket match at the Dhaka Bangabandhu Stadium on 20 February 1998. Mehrab Hossain off left-arm spinner Saifullah Khan while covering at forwarding short leg. 

It is said that Lamba was requested to wear a helmet, but he believed it was unnecessary as simply three balls of the over were remaining when he was asked to move to that location. The shot was so violent that the ball swerved from his head and flew into the wicketkeeper’s gloves. Lamba underwent an internal hemorrhage and glid into a coma. A neurosurgeon was flown in from Delhi, all attempts were hollow. Raman Lamba died at the age of 38 on 23 February 1998 in Bangladesh.