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AZHARUDDIN

Distinctions to his credit

Azharuddin epitomizes Hyderabad cricket. His rare style in the game makes him a batsman worth watching. He discovered his passion Azar in full swingfor cricket when he was in the school cricket team. From then on, there was no looking back for him. He began by honing his skills as a fielder and batsman.

In keeping with the spirit of the competitive age, Azhar took Hyderabad cricket and Indian cricket to the acme. He eased his way to three centuries in his first three Tests and announced the appearance of a new demi-god on the Indian batting scene. One of India's finest cricketers and easily the most celebrated and successful Captain to have led the country in international cricket, he still holds the world record of scoring three successive centuries in his first three Tests.

He is an instinctive strategist who has had a string of victories in major tournaments and Test series. Having scored the highest runs (over 9000) in One Day International Cricket, he excels in many others. The extensive use of his wrists, has made him a master at playing spin bowling. His stylish and elegant strokes are a treat to the eyes. His breathtaking fielding inspired the Indian team to become one of the good fielding sides in the world.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

- He remains the only player in the 117 - year history of Test cricket to score centuries in each of his first three matches - all against England.

- He has the distinction of scoring the fastest century in one-day Internationals. He scored a century in just 62 balls. During the course of this match - winning performance he scored a 108 (not out) which came in 65 deliveries and included 3 sixes and 10 boundaries.

- He has captained India through maximum number of matches in limited overs cricket, surpassing the previous best, of 74 matches, captained by Kapil Dev.

- He also has the distinction of scoring the most runs in one-day internationals for India - 4762 runs from 178 matches, with 3 centuries and 26 fifties.

HONOURS RECEIVED:

  1. Indian Cricket's Cricketer of the Year for 1985.
  2. Padma Sri in 1987.
  3. Arjuna Award in 1987.
  4. One of Wisden's five cricketer's of the year in 1990.

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