Mohammad Azharuddin is a former Indian cricketer who played for the Indian national team from 1984 to 2000. He was a stylish right-handed batsman and an excellent fielder.
Azharuddin made his Test debut for India in 1984 against England at Kolkata. He scored three centuries in his first three Test series, a record that still stands today. He went on to play 99 Test matches for India, scoring 6,215 runs at an average of 45.03, with 22 centuries and 21 fifties. He also captained the Indian team in 47 Tests, winning 14 and losing 14, with the rest being drawn.
Azharuddin was one of the finest batsmen of his time and was especially known for his exceptional wristwork and stylish strokeplay. He had a penchant for scoring big hundreds and had a highest score of 199. He was also a brilliant fielder, with 105 catches to his name in Test cricket.
Here are his top ten performances in Test cricket:
121 against England at Lord’s, 1990 – In his debut Test match at the home of cricket, Azharuddin played a memorable innings of 121. He showed his class and elegance in tough English conditions and helped India secure a draw.
179 against South Africa at Calcutta, 1996 – Azharuddin’s innings of 179 against South Africa in 1996 was a masterclass in batting. He dominated the South African bowlers with his stroke play and led India to a massive total of 428.
192 against Australia at Kanpur, 1998 – In a high-scoring match against Australia in 1998, Azharuddin played one of his finest innings. His knock of 192 helped India set a mammoth target of 460 for Australia, which they failed to chase down.
109 against South Africa at Johannesburg, 1992 – Azharuddin’s innings of 109 against South Africa in 1992 was a masterclass in grit and determination. He played a key role in India’s victory, helping them chase down a target of 247.
163 against New Zealand at Auckland, 1990 – In a series-deciding match against New Zealand in 1990, Azharuddin played a breathtaking innings of 163. He dominated the New Zealand bowlers and helped India win the match and the series.
139 against Sri Lanka at Colombo, 1997 – Azharuddin’s knock of 139 against Sri Lanka in 1997 was a classic example of his elegance and timing. He batted beautifully against the Sri Lankan spinners and helped India secure a draw in a tough away series.
102 against South Africa at Cape Town, 1997 – In a difficult overseas tour of South Africa in 1997, Azharuddin played a fighting innings of 102 in the second Test. He showed his resilience against the South African fast bowlers and helped India save the Test.
87 and 96 against Pakistan at Chennai, 1999 – In the historic Test match against Pakistan in 1999, Azharuddin played two crucial innings. His knock of 87 in the first innings helped India post a competitive total, while his 96 in the second innings helped India set up a target of 271 for Pakistan.
105 against England at The Oval, 1990 – In the fifth Test of the series against England in 1990, Azharuddin played a magnificent innings of 105. He batted with great poise and style, helping India secure a draw and a series win.
192 against Sri Lanka at Kanpur, 1986 – Azharuddin’s maiden Test century came against Sri Lanka in Kanpur in 1986. His innings of 192 helped India set a massive target of 476, which Sri Lanka failed to chase down. It was a significant innings in Azharuddin’s career, as it established him as a Test player of immense talent and potential.
These performances highlight Azharuddin’s ability to score runs consistently in different conditions and against different opponents. His elegance and class as a batsman were a joy to watch, and he played a crucial role in India’s success in Test cricket during the 1990s.