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.
|Nickname||Azhar, ajju, Azzu|
|Born||8 February 1963 (age 53)
|Batting style||Right-Handed batsman|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm medium|
|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|
|Five wickets in innings||0||0|
|Ten wickets in match||0||0|
|Second Wife||Sangeeta Bijlani|
|Son||Mohammad Asaduddin, Mohammad Ayazuddin|
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.
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.
He also contested an election on behalf of the Indian National Congress party from the constituency of Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh in the year 2009.