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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 anIndian National Congress party ticket.
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”.
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.
Azharuddin made his debut for the Indian cricket team in Test cricket in 1984 against England at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 31st of December 1984. and hit three centuries in his first three matches.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 inODI cricket. He played 99 test matches with a highest score of 199, scored against Sri Lanka
Azharuddin became the captain of the Indian team succeedingKrishnamachari Srikkanth in 1989. He lead the Indian team in 47 Test matches and 174 One Day Internationals. He lead the team to victory in 90 ODIs, the highest until surpassed by M.S. Dhoni on 2 September 2014. 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.
Azharuddin was accused and found guilty of match-fixing in the match-fixing scandal in 2000. Then South African captain Hansie Cronje indicated that Azharuddin was the one to introduce him to the bookies. The ICC and theBCCI banned Azharuddin for life based on a report by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
On 8 November 2012, a Divisional Bench consisting of Justice Ashutosh Mohunta and Krishna Mohan Reddy of the Andhra Pradesh High Courtrevoked the ban imposed.
Azharuddin was a middle-order batsman. 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.” Retired cricketer Venkataraghavan stated that “Azharuddin had the best wrists in the game.