Md Azharuddin’s tweet displaying his bat in his debut test series
Mohammed Azharuddin has been one of the finest batsmen to have played for India during the 1980-1990s and certainly one of the best across eras taking both formats ( Test+ ODIs) together.
A couple of days ago Azharuddin tweeted a picture of his bat with which he scored a world record of 3 successive test hundreds in his first 3 tests after his sensational test debut at Kolkata in the winter of 1984.
Azharuddin replaced Sandip Patil in the Kolkata test and began his love affair with Eden Gardens with a fine century on debut. His 110 was a rescuing knock after India slumped to 127/4 in the 1st innings. The Test ended in a draw.
Azhar’s batting exploits continued in the next test at Madras ( now Chennai). Where after scoring 48 in the first innings of India’s total of 272, he rescued India again from 22/3 in the 2nd innings as India were staring at an innings defeat. Azhar scored a classy 105 and his partnership with Mohinder Amarnath(95) saved India from an innings defeat, though India lost the test finally to trail 1-2 in the series.
Md Azharuddin’s tweet displaying his bat in his debut test series. Azharuddin continued his run spree and hit a glorious 122 at Kanpur in another drawn test. With his Kanpur 100 Azhar created a new World record of scoring 3 consecutive test 100s in his first 3 tests after his debut. He hit 439 runs in the series and his wristy batting with delightful strokeplay made waves in world cricket.
Azhar went on to score 22 test hundreds and excelled even more in ODIs. With his sensational batting and brilliant fielding. He led India to 14 test wins and in 3 world cup tournaments from 1992 to 1999.
In his tweet, Azharuddin displayed the “symonds” bat with which he hit first 3 tons in test cricket. He mentioned in the tweet that his beloved grandfather gave him that bat. And he scored around 800 runs using it.
It may be mention that Azhar’s grandfather had passed away weeks before Azhar made his test debut. Therefore Azhar rued that fact that his beloved grandfather could not see him play for India. This remains a regret in Azharuddin’s life.