Every cricket superstar would like their sons to follow in their footsteps and make it big in international cricket. But it happens very rarely. Some superstars cricketers’ sons who made it big include Mohinder Amarnath, the man of the match in the finals of the 1983 World Cup. Mohinder is the son of Lala Amarnath who is the first Test captain in post-Independent India. However, some superstars’ sons were not so lucky.
Cricwizz takes a look.
Rohan is the son of legendary Indian Test opener Sunil Gavaskar, who is busy doing cricket commentary now. Rohan could only manage to play 11 ODIs for India, scoring 151 runs @ 18.87 with one fifty. However, he had a good First-Class record for Bengal, scoring 6938 runs @ 44.19 with 18 tons and 34 fifties. He also took 38 wickets with his spin bowling. Rohan batted and bowled left-handed, while his father was a right-handed cricketer.
Stuart is the son of Roger Binny, who was part of the winning World Cup campaign in 1983. Stuart was an all-rounder like his father, but could not achieve the same international success as his dad. He, however, produced the best bowling figures of 6/4 in an ODI by an Indian bowler. Stuart achieved the feat against Bangladesh in 2014. Stuart played 6 Tests, 14 ODIs, and 3 T20Is, aggregating 179 runs with 2 fifties, and 24 wickets. Roger played 27 Tests, and 77 ODIs for India, scoring 1459 runs and 124 wickets.
Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh are the sons of Geoff Marsh, who enjoyed success as the opener for Australia in the 1980s and 1990s. Geoff played 50 Tests for Australia, scoring 2854 runs. He also played 117 ODIs, aggregating 4357 runs. However, his two sons, although talented and promising, just could not hold a spot in international cricket permanently, and were always in and out of the team. Shaun, a 37-Test veteran, has not played international cricket since September 2019. However, Mitchell is showing great promise in limited-overs cricket and is a certainty for the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Surinder could not replicate the success of his father Lala Amarnath, and brother Mohinder Amarnath although he started with a bang in Test cricket, scoring a ton on debut. But he could manage just 10 Tests and 3 ODIs in his career, as he was supposedly handed a raw deal by the selectors. His brother Mohinder went on to play 69 Tests and 85 ODIs for India, while Lala was the first post-independent Indian captain.
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