The artist who let India down
Not many batsman in the world can send a delivery wide outside the off-stump to the backward square leg boundary. Azhar did it so often that it seemed easy...as easy as buying candies from a sweet shop. God built Azhar's wrists in a special workshop. He didn't hit the ball, he caressed it. When in full flow Azhar was a sight to behold. Yet, Azza's luminous batting is not the lasting image we have of him. Md Azharuddin doesn't mean 99 Tests or 22 Test hundreds or tearing apart South Africa in the 1996 Kolkata Test or an unparalleled 103 victories as an ODI captain. Azhar means match-fixing. The moment he confessed and said 'haan maine match banaye thae', the Azhar of the old was extinguished. Mohammad Azharuddin turns 51 on February 8. We at MSN India take a look at the highlights of his cricketing career. Click on!
Former Indian skipper, turned politician, Mohammad Azharuddin was born on February 8, 1963. Azhar, attended All Saints High School in Hyderabad and graduated from Nizam College, Osmania University.