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Digvijay Amarnath, grandson of Lala Amarnath (right), was selected to train at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai as a batsman last year © Getty Images

New Delhi: Apr 10, 2013
 
Digvijay Amarnath, grandson of the legendary cricketer Lala Amarnath and son of former India player Surinder Amarnath, is following in the footsteps of his family with a First-Class debut in Sri Lanka.
 
Lala, who scored India’s first ever Test Century and later on went on to lead India, was a father figure in Indian Cricket.
 
Then came his eldest son Surinder, who captained the Indian Schoolboys Test Team and later went on to score a century on Test debut like his father.
 
The duo gave India the unique record of the only father and son to Score a 100 on debut in Test Cricket.
 
They were followed by Mohinder Amarnath, who played a leading role in India’s first ever World Cup win in 1983.
 
Now the third generation of the Amarnath family has stepped on to the cricket field with the 22-year-old son of Surinder, Digvijay, making his first class debut.
 
Before that, Digvijay was selected to train at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai as a batsman last year.
 
Digvijay, a left-hander like his father, was called for a Ranji trial by Goa Cricket Association after which he was inducted in the probables camp.
 
Post this stint, Digvijay went back to MRF and started his training where a coach from Sri Lanka spotted him batting in the nets and was quick to invite Digvijay to play first-class cricket.
 
Digvijay was signed up by Baduraliya Cricket Club to play in the three-day Premier League tournament. He displayed promise by scoring a patient 62 right in just his second first-class game.
 
He is now back from Sri Lanka and is hopeful of getting a break in India.