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Mohammad Azharuddin Biography

Mohammad Azharuddin Biography

మహ్మద్ అజారుద్దీన్ జీవిత చరిత్ర

Mohammad Azharuddin is an Indian politician and former cricketer. He was renowned as an elegant middle-order batsman and captained India in 47 tests during the 1990s. His international playing career came to a controversial end when he was implicated in the infamous match-fixing scandal in 2000 and subsequently banned by the BCCI for life. In 2012, the Andhra Pradesh High Court declared the life ban illegal. A division bench of the high court set aside the order of the City Civil Court, which had upheld the ban after Azharuddin had challenged it. But by then he was 49 years old and too old to get back on the pitch. He fought in the court for 11 years. Finally, the verdict has come and I am happy that the ban has been lifted by the court. In 2009, Azharuddin was elected as a member of the Parliament from Moradabad constituency on an Indian National Congress party ticket.

Early Life and Education

Azharuddin was born in Hyderabad to Mohammad Azizuddin and Yousuf Sultana. He attended All Saints High School, Hyderabad and graduated from Nizam College, Osmania University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Personal Life

Azharuddin married Naureen in 1987 and has two sons with her. In 1996, he divorced her and married actress Sangeeta Bijlani. The marriage reportedly ended in a divorce in 2010 due to Azhar's affair with badminton player Jwala Gutta.[29][30] However the former captain claims he is still married to Sangeeta, clearing rumors of his 3rd marriage.

He had 2 sons Asaduddin and Ayazuddin. His younger son Ayazuddin died in a road accident in 2011.His elder son - Asaduddin Abbas is an aspiring cricketer and has been selected in the Goa State team in September 2018. 

Cricket Career

Mohammed Azharuddin was an outstanding cricketer who held an excellent record in both Tests and limited overs game. He was a graceful right-handed batsman whose fluid batting style was similar to that of Englishman David Gower. He proved hostile towards spin and medium-pace attack, peppering the leg and off-sides with his classic wristy-flicks and timed stroke play.

Azharuddin was also known for his agility on the field with dazzling catches, amazing diving stops and nippy run-outs. Azharuddin was even a great leader and his captaincy enjoyed tremendous success. The major teams that Mohammed Azharuddin has represented are India, Hyderabad and Derbyshire.

Mohammed Azharuddin had an excellent first-class record of 229 matches, where he scored an amazing 15855 runs. He made his Test debut against England at Kolkata in December 1985. Since then he has played a mammoth 99 Tests, aggregating 6215 runs with 22 centuries, his highest Test score being 199 against Sri Lanka, and 105 brilliant catches. His notable Test performances include his 14 Test match wins as captain, 3 consecutive centuries in his debut matches and shares the record for the quickest Test century by an Indian.

He made his one-day international debut against England at Bangalore in March 1985. Since then, he has played in 334 ODI’s, scoring 9378 runs with 7 centuries, his highest being 153(not-out), and 156 stunning ODI catches. He has also appeared in four consecutive Cricket World Cup events, in 1987 as semi-finalists, 1992 Cup event, 1996 as semi-finalists, and in the 1999 Cup event. He has a spectacular 103 ODI wins as captain as well as shares the list with the fastest century makers in one-day cricket, namely Sanath Jayasuriya and Shahid Afridi.

Despite having an outstanding record, Mohammed Azharuddin’s tragic fall from cricket came at the peak of his career in the year 2000. This was due to his alleged role in match-fixing, as named in a confession by former South African captain Hansie Cronje, eventually leading to a life ban from cricket, thus ending his dream run.

However, for his immense contribution and dedication in the field of cricket, Mohammad Azharuddin was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1986, as well as, was honored with the Wisden Cricketer of the Year’ in 1991. 

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