Kirti Azad

Country: India
Born: January 02, 1959, Purnea, Bihar
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Allrounder

Kirti Azad Bio

Kirtivardhan Bhagwat Jha Azad, popularly known as Kirti Azad, is a former Indian cricket player and politician. Born on January 2, 1959, in Darbhanga, Bihar, Azad was the son of a Central Minister, Bhagwat Jha Azad. He rose to fame as an aggressive right-hand batsman and quickish offspinner during his cricketing career.

Azad’s talent was recognized when he was surprisingly selected for the tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1980-81, marking his Test debut at Wellington. Despite his initial struggles, he continued to work hard and garnered three Test appearances against England in 1981-82. However, Azad faced a setback as he was subsequently ignored until being picked for the 1983 World Cup.

During the World Cup, Azad played a significant role in India’s success by contributing to the memorable victory against England in the semi-finals. His fastish offbreaks proved crucial in bottling up England’s middle order, and he gained extra recognition by dismissing the dangerous Ian Botham. Azad’s commendable performance helped India clinch a spot in the final, leading to their historic World Cup triumph.

Back home, Azad showcased his remarkable skills in a day-night game against Pakistan at the Kotla. His swashbuckling innings contributed to India’s victory, highlighting his versatility as an allrounder. However, despite these successes, Azad struggled to make a mark in subsequent Test matches against Pakistan and West Indies, leading to his eventual exclusion from the national side.

While his international career may not have reached the heights he aspired to, Azad remained a stalwart for the Delhi cricket team. In 95 Ranji Trophy matches, he scored an impressive 4867 runs at an average of 47.72 and took 162 wickets at an average of 28.91. His remarkable achievements in domestic cricket included a stunning 215 against Himachal Pradesh in the 1985-86 season.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Azad ventured into politics and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He contested elections and successfully secured a seat in Parliament as a BJP representative. Combining his passions for cricket and politics, Azad continued to contribute to the development and promotion of the sport in India.

Kirtivardhan Bhagwat Jha Azad’s cricketing career, combined with his political endeavors, demonstrates his perseverance, talent, and dedication. Although he faced setbacks on the international stage, his contributions to Indian cricket and his subsequent political achievements have left an indelible mark. Azad’s story serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes and individuals aiming to make a positive impact on society, both on and off the field.

Kirti Azad Career Stats

Kirti Azad Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 7 12 0 135 24 11.25 - - 0 0 - 0 3 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 25 21 2 269 39* 14.15 400 67.25 0 0 - - 7 0
FC 142 182 14 6634 215 39.48 - - 20 27 - - 95 0
List A 72 62 6 1521 94 27.16 - - 0 8 - - 22 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Kirti Azad Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 7 10 750 373 3 2/84 2/106 124.33 2.98 250 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 25 11 390 273 7 2/48 2/48 39 4.2 55.7 0 0 0
FC 142 - 15420 7190 234 7/63 - 30.72 2.79 65.8 - 5 0
List A 72 - 2086 1374 50 3/16 3/16 27.48 3.95 41.7 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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