Mohammad Azharuddin

Mohammad Azharuddin

Mohammad Azharuddin
Personal information
Full name Mohammad Azharuddin
Born (1963-02-08) 8 February 1963
Hyderabad, India
Nickname Azhar, ajju, Azzu[1]
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 169) 30 December 1984 v England
Last Test 2 March 2000 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 51) 20 January 1985 v England
Last ODI 3 June 2000 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
1981–2000 Hyderabad
1983–2001 South Zone
1991–1994 Derbyshire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 99 334 229 433
Runs scored 6,216 9,378 15,855 12,941
Batting average 45.03 36.92 51.98 39.33
100s/50s 22/21 7/58 54/74 11/85
Top score 199 153* 210 161*
Balls bowled 13 552 1 827
Wickets 0 12 0 15
Bowling average 98.44 46.23 47.26
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 0/155 3/19 3/36 3/19
Catches/stumpings 10/100 156/– 220/– 200/–
Source: CricketArchive, 13 February 2009
Mohammad Azharuddin
Member of Parliament
In office
16 May 2009  16 May 2014
Preceded by Shafiqur Rahman Barq
Succeeded by Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar Singh
Constituency Moradabad
Personal details
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Naureen (1987-1996)
Sangeeta Bijlani (1996-2010)
Children 2

Mohammad Azharuddin  pronunciation  (born 8 February 1963 in Hyderabad, then Andhra Pradesh now Telangana State, India) is a former Indian cricket captain and politician. He was a middle order batsman and captained the Indian cricket team in the 1990s. He was elected as a member of Parliament from Moradabad constituency on an Indian National Congress party ticket.[2]

Azharuddin was implicated in a cricket match-fixing scandal in 2000 and was banned by BCCI for life. On 8 November 2012, the Andhra Pradesh High Court lifted the ban describing it as "unsustainable".[3]

Early life and education

Azharuddin was born in Hyderabad to Mohammad Azizuddin and Yousuf Sultana on 8 February 1963.He attended All Saints High School, Hyderabad and graduated from Nizam College, Osmania University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.[4]

Cricket career

Azharuddin made his debut for the Indian cricket team in Test cricket in 1984 against England at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 31 December 1984. and hit three centuries in his first three matches.[2] Azharuddin scored a total of 22 centuries in test cricket, at an average of 45 and seven in ODIs at an average of 37. As a fielder, he took 156 catches in ODI cricket. He played 99 test matches with a highest score of 199, scored against Sri Lanka.[5]


Azharuddin became the captain of the Indian team succeeding Krishnamachari Srikkanth in 1989. He led the Indian team in 47 Test matches and 174 One Day Internationals. He led the team to victory in 90 ODIs, the highest until surpassed by M.S. Dhoni on 2 September 2014.[6] His 14 test match wins as captain was a record until it was beaten by Sourav Ganguly, who has 21 test match wins to his name.[5]

Match fixing scandal

Azharuddin was accused and found guilty of match-fixing in the match-fixing scandal in 2000.[7] Then South African captain Hansie Cronje indicated that Azharuddin was the one to introduce him to the bookies.[8] The ICC and the BCCI banned Azharuddin for life based on a report by the Central Bureau of Investigation.[9]

On 8 November 2012, a Divisional Bench consisting of Justice Ashutosh Mohunta and Krishna Mohan Reddy of the Andhra Pradesh High Court revoked the ban imposed.[3][10][11]


Azharuddin was a middle-order batsman of India. He was known for a graceful and fluid batting style. John Woodcock, a cricket writer, said of him, "It's no use asking an Englishman to bat like Mohammad Azharuddin. It would be like expecting a greyhound to win the Epsom Derby."[12] Retired cricketer Venkataraghavan stated that "Azharuddin had the best wrists in the game".[5]

Political career

Azhruddin formally joined the Indian National Congress party on 19 February 2009. He won the Indian general election, 2009 from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.[13]

Career statistics

Mohammad Azharuddin's career performance graph

Test career

Team Runs Average Centuries
New Zealand115261.232
South Africa91541.004
Sri Lanka121555.235
West Indies53928.370


Azharuddin was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1986.[14] and he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1991

Personal life

Azharuddin married Naureen in 1987 had two sons with her. In 1996, he divorced her and married actress Sangeeta Bijlani.[5] The marriage ended in a divorce in 2010 reportedly due to Azhar's alleged affair with badminton player Jwala Gutta, which was declined by the player.[15][16] His younger son Ayazuddin died in a road accident in 2011.

A Bollywood film Azhar, directed by Tony D'Souza, was based on his life. The film featured Emraan Hashmi as Mohammad Azharuddin, Nargis Fakhri as Sangeeta Bijlani and Prachi Desai as first wife Naureen. It was released on 13 May 2016.

See also


  1. "Of comparisons and imitations". The Hindu. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  2. 1 2 Choudhury, Angikaar. "Mohammad Azharuddin: The rise and fall of the Nawab of Hyderabad". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  3. 1 2 "AP high court lifts ban on Azharuddin". Wisden India. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  4. "Biography of Azhar". Retrieved 12 May 2016..
  5. 1 2 3 4 "Azhar: Here's all the real life drama from Mohammad Azharuddin's life". Indian Express. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  6. "Virat Kohli has to behave like a captain, says Mohammad Azharuddin". The Indian Express. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  7. "Corruption in Cricket". BBC News. 5 December 2000. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  8. "The CBI Report, in full". Rediff. 1 November 2000. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  9. Full tex of the CBI report on cricket match-fixing and related malpractises, October 2000. Central Bureau of Investigation, New Delhi (Report). Rediff. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  10. "Match fixing scandal". The Hindu. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  11. "Match fixing charges: Andhra court says life ban on Azharuddin illegal". NDTV. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  12. Astill, James (2013). The Great Tamasha: Cricket, corruption and the turbulent rise of modern India. Wisden Sports Writing. p. 132. ISBN 978-1408156926.
  13. "Azhar starts new innings". IBN Live. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  14. "List of Arjuna Awardees". Odisha book. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  15. "Jwala in, Bijli out of Azharuddin's life?". Times of India. 24 July 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  16. "Azhar dating badminton player Jwala Gutta". India tv News. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
Preceded by
Krishnamachari Srikkanth
Indian National Test Cricket Captain
1989/90 – 1996
Succeeded by
Sachin Tendulkar
Preceded by
Sachin Tendulkar
Indian National Test Cricket Captain
1997/98 – 1998/99
Succeeded by
Sachin Tendulkar
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