Mohammad Azharuddin Birthday: Indian cricket team’s veteran player Mohammad Azharuddin gave match-winning performances many times in his career. He has played more than 300 ODI matches for India. At the same time, he was just one step away from completing his hundred Test matches. Azhar’s career was full of difficulties. Today he is celebrating his 61st birthday. On this occasion, read some important stories from Azhar’s life.
Actually, Azharuddin was banned in the year 2000 on charges of match fixing. He was banned for life time. However, in the year 2012, Andhra Pradesh High Court had rejected this life time ban. But by then he had no time left and his career was ruined. After cricket he turned to politics. Azhar joined Congress in 2009 and traveled to Parliament by winning the elections from Moradabad Lok Sabha seat. Although he lost in the 2014 elections.
There were ups and downs in personal life too –
Azhar’s personal life has also been much talked about. He first married Naureen. Naureen and Azhar were married in 1987. But this relationship did not last long. They both separated in 1996. Azhar then married Sangeeta Bijlani. Azhar and Sangeeta’s marriage was much talked about. But this relationship also broke. Azhar divorced Sangeeta after almost 14 years of marriage.
Strong performance won the hearts of fans –
Azhar was among the best cricketers of that era. He had made everyone a fan on the basis of his performance. Azhar’s wrists often did wonders. He had the power to change the course of the match with the help of his wrists. He used to play flick shots on the leg side and cut shots on the off side very well. If he got a chance, he would hit slog shots also. Along with this, he was adept at playing many types of shots. Azhar played 99 test matches during his career. During this period 6215 runs were scored. He scored 22 centuries and 21 half-centuries. He scored 9378 runs in 334 ODI matches. During this period he scored 7 centuries and 58 half-centuries.