Some records in cricket are made which are always memorable. Apart from hard work in making such records, luck also supports you. It is a matter of great pride for any batsman in the cricket world to make a Test debut. Whichever player gets this opportunity, does not let go with his hand at any cost. But there has also been a player in the Indian cricket team who was about to leave the match before his debut. Actually, it is being talked about Mohammad Azharuddin, the former captain of the Indian cricket team.
It is October 1984. When England team visited India to play practice match. This match of the England team was with India's Under 25. During this time, Ravi Shastri was leading the Indian team. He got a bad news when Azhar was about to play for India. They were told that your grandfather had died. Since Azhar was quite close to his grandfather and wanted to leave the match and go back to Hyderabad. He spoke to Captain Ravi Shastri to leave. At that time Ravi Shastri's age was also close to 25 years, but he used to count him among the Anubhavi players.
Ravi Shastri explained to Azhar, “Look, this is a test series and you have a chance to prove yourself.” This is a good time to impress the selectors with your performance and if you succeed in doing so, then your place in the national team will be confirmed. What did your grandfather want, not that you become a great cricketer and play for India. Now you have a chance when you can give your best. “
With these talks of Ravi Shastri, Azhar decided to stay on the field and he scored a brilliant century in the first match. His performance impressed the selectors and then made him a century in the second Test in Hyderabad. With this match Azhar confirmed his place to play the third match against England in the eyes of the selectors. India's veteran batsman Mohammad Azharuddin made his debut against England in the year 1984-85. In this Test match played in Kolkata, Azhar faced 110 runs and faced 322 balls.
Azharuddin played the last Test match against South Africa in the year 2000 after scoring a century on his debut. In his career, he has played 99 Test matches and his last Test match was played by Azhar in Bengaluru, in which he scored 102 runs. After this, his career ended in match-fixing allegations. He scored 6215 runs in 99 Tests which included 22 centuries.
Presently he is also the President of Hyderabad Cricket Association. In a recent interview, he has expressed his desire that if he gets a chance, he would like to take over as the coach of Team India. In an interview to Gulf News, he said, “Yes, I am ready for this.” If I get a chance, I would like to work with the Indian team. I will accept this decision in a blink of an eye. ”Azharuddin has gained worldwide recognition with his game, but many people know this. Cricket fans also call him Kali's magician.