As we celebrate the 61st birthday of former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, cricket enthusiasts fondly reminisce about his illustrious career, marked by extraordinary achievements. Azharuddin’s cricketing journey commenced on December 31, 1984, against England. A debut to be remembered for ages. Azharuddin made an indelible mark by scoring centuries in his first three Test matches—a feat unmatched by any other player.
Due to his amazing batting performances and his elegant wristwork, he earned the moniker “magician of wrists,” captivating the cricketing world. His Test career saw him score 6215 runs in 99 matches at an average of 45.04, including 22 centuries and 21 half-centuries. However, the man failed to represent India for the 100th time due to fixing issues.
Despite his remarkable contributions to Indian cricket, Azharuddin faced a tumultuous period in 2000 when he became embroiled in the match-fixing scandal. Forced to stay away from the sport, he has since received a clean chit, marking a redemption in his cricketing legacy.
Azharuddin has been a phenomenal captain!
In ODIs, Azharuddin amassed 9378 runs in 334 matches, displaying an average of 36.92 with 7 centuries and 58 half-centuries. Leading Team India since 1990, Azharuddin guided them to victory in 14 Test and 103 ODI matches, showcasing his leadership prowess. Azharuddin’s captaincy extended to three World Cups: 1992, 1996, and 1999.
His impact extends beyond statistics, as Azharuddin’s graceful batting style and leadership continue to inspire the cricketing fraternity. As fans celebrate his 61st birthday, they reflect on the highs and lows of Azharuddin’s career, acknowledging his enduring influence on Indian cricket and the resilience that defines his journey.
Currently, Mohammad Azharuddin spends his time helping and growing domestic talents in India. He has been an office bearer for the Hyderabad Cricket Association for the last few years. His amazing dedication and game mind are still celebrated by people. Apart from fixing scandals, Azharuddin has been one of the biggest brand ambassadors in the game.