Picture of Mohammad Azharuddin

Mohammad Azharuddin

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | -
Home country:
February 08, 1963, Hyderabad


A man of less words and more action, Mohammad Azharuddin will be amongst the hall of famers in the world of cricket, not only for his magical strokes but his inspiring leadership skills. Known as one of the masters of the on-side of the cricketing field, Azhar's leg-side play was symbolic of veterans in the game. The brawny batsmen arrived in the international circuit with a bang; three hundreds in his first three Tests of his career made him a showstopper as he achieved a remarkable feat.

Master of the wristy flicks, his magical willow brought about a flurry of runs for his team. With a sound technique Azharuddin gained confidence with time and soon was seen delivering some squash-buckling innings. His 121 at the Lord's in 1990 will be remembered as his best innings ever, where it looked not less than a champion was in charge. Though he had a love-hate relation with the short-pitched ball, Azhar's hand-eye coordination was top-notch. While his blinders in the slip cordon and the effortless drives off the blade of his bat were in itself a divine sight, the one other much less talked about trait about Azhar were his fielding skills. One of the fittest players in his era, Azharuddin would often be seen fielding in the critical fielding positions of point and cover – and making effortless stops. His charisma and alertness, won him the responsibility to captain team India and the magician did what was expected off him, he pulled off a great run as a skipper.

But the magician faultered at a time when he was reigning supremacy, as allegations of match fixing put a sudden halt to all the fame and glory. However, Azharuddin who finished his career after playing 99 Tests for India, will be most remembered for his cutting edge leadership skills and clairvoyant willow that did most of the talking.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 99 147 6215 9 45.03 - 22 21 199
ODI 334 308 9378 54 36.92 74.02 7 58 153*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 99 3 13 16 0 0/4 / - 7.38 0 0 0 0
ODI 334 24 552 479 12 3/19 / 39.91 5.20 0 0 0 1
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 105 0 0
ODI 156 0 18
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 47 14 14 0 19 29.79
ODI 174 90 76 2 6 51.72


India Vs England at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) - Dec 31, 1984
Last played:
India Vs South Africa at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Mar 02, 2000
India Vs England at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Jan 20, 1985
Last played:
India Vs Pakistan at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka - Jun 03, 2000