Mohammad Azharuddin Life, Career, Family

Mohammad Azharuddin is one of the few talented cricketers who have experienced many highs and lows during his career. He led a controversial life both on the personal and professional front.

Personal Biography

Name Mohammad Azharuddin
Nickname Azhar, ajju, Azzu
Born 8 February 1963 (age 53)
Hyderabad, India
Batting style Right-Handed batsman
Bowling Style Right-arm medium
Role Batsman

Career Graph

National side India
Test Debut At Eden Gardens vs England, Dec 31, 1984
Last Test At M.  Chinnaswamy Stadium vs South Africa, Mar 02, 2000
ODI Debut At M.  Chinnaswamy Stadium vs England, Jan 20, 1985
Last ODI At Bangabandhu National Stadium Vs Pakistan, Jun 03, 2000

Performance Analysis

Competitions Tests ODIs
Matches 99 99
Runs Scored 6215 9378
Batting Average 45.0 36.92
100s/50s 22 7
Top Score 199 153
Balls 13 552
Wickets 0 12
Bowling Average 0 39.62
Five wickets in innings 0 0
Ten wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 0 0
Catches/stumpings 105 156


Father Mohammad Azizuddin
Mother Yousuf Sultana
First Wife Naureen
Second Wife Sangeeta Bijlani
Third Wife Shanon
Son Mohammad Asaduddin, Mohammad Ayazuddin

Career Graph

He was a glorified batsman, but the end of his career was a bit disgraceful. Mohammad Azharuddin started his international career with a bang by scoring a century against England in 1984 in his test debut. He scored centuries in the next two consecutive tests. Azhar took over the Indian team’s captaincy in February 1990 from Shrikant against New Zealand. He was a very successful captain with a winning streak of 90 ODIs and 14 tests. He was a superb catcher and arguably the best fielder in the Indian Squad.


Azharruddin’s life has been a saga of controversy which led to his downfall. He was involved in the match-fixing scandal in the year 2000 when South African captain Hansie Cronje confessed that he was introduced to bookies by Azharuddin. This became a reason for his forceful retirement.

Family life

Like his career, his family life was also no less controversial. Azharuddin reportedly married thrice. He had two sons out which his younger son Ayazuddin died after a bike accident.

Political Career

He also contested an election on behalf of the Indian National Congress party from the constituency of Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh in the year 2009.

Author: Akash

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