Mohammad Azharuddin Back to Player Profile
India  
   
Full name Mohammad Azharuddin
Born 8 February 1963
Current age 49 years
Country India
City Hyderabad
Major teams India, Derbyshire, Hyderabad (India)
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
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  Those who saw this supreme batting artist at his peak will never forget him - sinewy wrists transforming a slender piece of willow into a magician's wand. Azhar's leg-side play was reminiscent of Zaheer Abbas and Greg Chappell - a Michelangelo in the midst of housepainters. In later years, he expanded his off-side repertoire, and conjured some of the finest innings played in the modern era - his 121 at Lord's in 1990 was one for the gods. His technique was suspect against the short stuff, a deficiency he sought to overcome through instinctive strokeplay, sometimes with cavalier disregard for the team situation. As captain, Azhar enjoyed tremendous success on made-to-order home pitches, while right to the end of his career he was peerless in the field, whether prowling the covers or pouching catches at slip. He announced his arrival, against England in 1984-85, with three hundreds in his first three Tests, a feat that has never been match, while his last Test innings also bore him a hundred. But then allegations of match-fixing provided an emphatic full stop. That he finished his career with 99 Tests is perhaps appropriate for one who came within a whisker of batting immortality - only to throw it all away at close of play. He appealed against the life ban in the courts but the verdict is still awaited. He made his foray into politics by joining the Congress party in 2009. Dileep Premachandran February 2009
   
       
       
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  Batting and Fielding Averages    
 
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 99 147 9 6215 199 45.03     22 21 - 19 105 0
ODIs 334 308 54 9378 153* 36.92 12669 74.02 7 58 - - 156 0
First-class 229 343 38 15855 226 51.98     54 74 - - 220 0
List A 432 399 70 12931 161* 39.30     11 85 - - 200 0
   
       
  Bowling Averages    
 
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 99 3 13 16 0 - - - 7.38 - 0 0 0
ODIs 334 24 552 479 12 3/19 3/19 39.91 5.20 46.0 0 0 0
First-class 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
   
       
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