As A Player
Lalchand Rajput had a distinguished career as an opening batsman for Mumbai, and at one time was considered one of the best openers in India after Sunil Gavaskar. He was an occasional off-spinner. When Sunil Gavaskar indicated that he would like to bat lower down the order in the mid 1980s, the search was on for a suitable opening batsmen.
On the basis of some sterling performances on the domestic circuit, Lalchand Rajput was the choice for the tour of Sri Lanka in 1985. Solid rather than spectacular, Rajput batted well on his Test debut scoring 32 and 61, adding 76 runs for the third wicket with DilipVengsarkar in the second innings.