Mohammad Azharuddin (Indian Politician and former Cricketer)
An elegant right handed middle-order batsman, Md Azharuddin was born on 8 February 1963 in Hyderabad. After graduating from Nizam College, Osmania University, Azharuddin made his debut in test series against England in 1984 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
In his debut match, Azhar scored a century and went on to score two more centuries in next two games and became the only cricketer to score a century each in first three games.
In 1989, Azharuddin was handed the responsibilities of Indian team. He captained India in 47 test and 174 ODI games and led the team to victory in 90 ODIs. Azhar was also the first player to play in 300 ODIs.
Having played 99 tests, Azharuddin’s career dramatically came to end after his name was involved in the in-famous match fixing scandal in 2000. BCCI banned him for life. In 2009, Azharuddin became a member of Parliament from Moradabad consittuency after getting a ticket from Indian National Congress.
In 2012, Andra Pradesh High Court lifted the ban on him describing the case as unsustainable.
Former cricketer, former Congress MP
Azhar: The Authorized Biography of Mohammad Azhar by Harsha Bhogle
Date of Birth:
8 February 1963
Age (as on 2018):
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
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All Saints High School, Hyderabad
Nizam College Osmania University
Bachelor of Commerce
vs England on 31 December 1984
vs England on 20 January 1985
Hyderabad, South Zone and Derbyshire
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Career Turning Point
Debut century against England at Eden Gardens in 1984.
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In International cricket:
Azhar played 99 test matches with a highest score of 199 against Sri Lanka
He is the only cricketer till date to score a century in each of his first three Tests
Azhar was also the first player to play in 300 ODIs
Azhar led India to 90 ODIs victory which was a record untill MS Dhoni surpassed it in 2014
Girlfriends, Spouse and Children
Sangeeta Bijlani and Jwala Gutta(rumour)
Naureen – 1987
Sangeeta Bijlani – 1996
2 sons Asaduddin and late Ayazuddin
Awards and Recognitions
In 1986, Azhar was awarded with Arjuna Award
In 1988, Azhar was awarded with the Padma Shri in recognition of his contribution to sports
In 1991, Azhar also received the honourary Wisden Cricketer of the Year award
Lesser Known Facts
Bollywood film Azhar is based on his life. Emraan Hashmi essayed his role in the film while Nargis Fakhri and Prachi Desai featured as Sangeeta Bijlani and Naureen respectively.
His younger son Ayazuddin (19) was budding cricketer and succumbed to his injuries after being seriously injured in a motor cycle crash.
Reports suggest that Ayazuddin was riding brand new imported 1000 cc Suzuki GSX-R1000 at a speed more than 200 and lost control. The pillion rider was his cousin (Azhar’s sister’s son) Ajmal, who died on the spot. The motorbike was Eid gift from his father.
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