New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) Kicket is called a game of uncertainties, but if favorable conditions are found, any player can ensure his future by performing well with a bat or ball on a 22-yard pitch. The same happened to Mohammad Azharuddin, 25, of Kerala, when he brightened his state’s name by scoring a century in just 37 balls at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, and opened the way for the best of possibilities.
While the day of 13 January was as usual as in the rest of the day, Lohri was celebrated in North India with a heavy winter and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy was going to be held between Kerala and Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In the 20-over tournament called Mini IPL, Mohammad Azharuddin made his name meaningful as he scored the first century for Kerala.
On 22 March 1994, a boy was born to BK Moideu and Nafisa in Thalangar village in Kasargod district, Kerala. This was the eighth child of the couple and the parents wanted to name him Ajmal. In those days Mohammad Azharuddin used to be the captain of the Indian cricket team and the team was on its New Zealand tour. Between March 19 and 23, a test match was being played in Hamilton and in such a situation, cricket fan Qamaruddin did not like that his younger brother should be named Ajmal.
So he kept insisting that his brother should be named Azharuddin. The parents were not ready for this at first, but when Kamaruddin did not agree, then the child was given a new name Mohammad Azharuddin. Along with this, the responsibility of handling the legacy of the former captain, who is considered among the best batsmen of the Indian cricket team, was put on the milkman with great hopes, which he played well after 26 years
All of Azharuddin’s brothers have played cricket at the district level and he too grew up with ball and bat and reached the Cricket Association Academy of Kottayam at the age of 15. Azharuddin made his debut in first-class cricket on 15 November 2015, when he represented Kerala in the Ranji Trophy. He played his first T20 match in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on 2 January 2016.
Azharuddin’s performance during this period was normal, but former India fast bowler and Kerala coach Tinu Yohanan was confident of his talent. After the match, he praised Azharuddin’s batting and said that he expected a good innings, but did not think that he would be so brilliant. He said that his shots towards square leg were amazing. He said, « I knew he was a long-shot batsman. For some reasons he did not get the right position. He used to come down to bat at number six or seventh which was not good for his game. «
The innings of Azharuddin have also been widely appreciated by the cricket giants. Virendra Sehwag tweeted immediately after the match was over, « Wow Azharuddin, great. He scored an unbeaten 137 off 54 balls against Mumbai and reached the floor alone. Enjoyed this innings. «
Harsha Bhogle tweeted, « I saw an extraordinary player many years ago named Mohammad Azharuddin. Now I am seeing another player of the same name. Wow, he can play the same shot. «
Azharuddin achieved many records in his own innings. His name has also been included among those who have scored the fastest century. The record of scoring the most runs for Kerala is now not in the name of Rohan Prem (92 runs) but in the name of Mohammad Azharuddin. The right-handed wicket-keeper batsman has never seen former captain of the Indian cricket team and right-handed batsman Mohammad Azharuddin playing on the field, but a day will come when his batting will be so keen that he becomes the true heir to Azhar’s finest and artistic batting. Will go