Mohammad Azharuddin

Country: India
Born: February 08, 1963, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Middle order Batter

Mohammad Azharuddin Bio

Mohammad Azharuddin, also known as Azhar, is a former Indian cricketer who left an indelible mark on the sport during his playing career. Born on February 8, 1963, in Hyderabad, India, Azharuddin’s natural talent and elegant playing style made him a formidable force on the cricket field.

Azharuddin’s batting technique was a thing of beauty, with his sinewy wrists being the focal point of his power and precision. He had the rare ability to transform a slender piece of willow into a magician’s wand, leaving spectators in awe of his talent. His leg-side play was reminiscent of legendary batsmen Zaheer Abbas and Greg Chappell, displaying the finesse and grace of a true artist among a field of ordinary painters.

Over the course of his career, Azharuddin expanded his off-side repertoire, showcasing his versatility and adaptability as a batsman. He played some of the finest innings in the modern era, most notably his majestic 121 at Lord’s in 1990, which is considered a masterpiece even by the gods of cricket.

Despite his brilliance, Azharuddin had a weakness against short-pitched deliveries. However, he compensated for this deficiency with instinctive strokeplay, often displaying a cavalier disregard for the team’s situation. While his approach may not have always been ideal, it added an element of excitement to his game, making him a crowd favorite.

Azharuddin’s leadership abilities were also noteworthy during his tenure as captain of the Indian cricket team. He enjoyed tremendous success on home pitches, thanks in part to the tailored conditions that suited his playing style. Additionally, he displayed exceptional fielding skills throughout his career, whether it be prowling the covers or pouching catches at slip. His athleticism and agility were unmatched, making him a reliable asset for his team.

The early years of Azharuddin’s career were marked by stunning achievements. In his debut series against England in 1984-85, he became the first player to score three centuries in his first three Tests, a record that remains unmatched to this day. Moreover, he concluded his illustrious career with exactly 99 Test matches, falling agonizingly short of the prestigious milestone of 100 Tests.

Azharuddin’s career took a dramatic turn when he faced allegations of match-fixing, which ultimately led to a life ban from cricket. Although he appealed against this severe punishment, the verdict is still awaited, leaving a cloud of uncertainty regarding his involvement in the controversy.

In 2009, Azharuddin made a foray into politics by joining the Indian National Congress party. This new chapter in his life allowed him to contribute to society in another capacity, where he aimed to make a positive impact on the lives of the people of India.

Despite the controversy that shrouded the end of his cricket career, Mohammad Azharuddin’s playing days will always be remembered for his artistry, skill, and passion for the game. He remains an enigmatic figure in the history of Indian cricket, with his undeniable talent leaving a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to witness it.

Mohammad Azharuddin Career Stats

Mohammad Azharuddin Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 99 147 9 6215 199 45.03 - - 22 21 - 19 105 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 334 308 54 9378 153* 36.92 12669 74.02 7 58 - - 156 0
FC 229 343 38 15855 226 51.98 - - 54 74 - - 220 0
List A 432 399 70 12931 161* 39.3 - - 11 85 - - 200 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Mohammad Azharuddin Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 99 3 13 16 0 - - - 7.38 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 334 24 552 479 12 3/19 3/19 39.91 5.2 46 0 0 0
FC 229 - 1432 786 17 3/36 - 46.23 3.29 84.2 - 0 0
List A 432 - 827 709 15 3/19 3/19 47.26 5.14 55.1 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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