Mohammad Azharuddin’s rehabilitation from life ban is greater than full in some ways however the former India captain says he “does not actually know the explanations” for banning him within the first place.
In December 2000, Azharuddin was handed a life ban by the BCCI for his involvement in match-fixing. Nevertheless, after a protracted drawn out authorized battle, Azharuddin noticed the Andhra Pradesh Excessive Courtroom revoking the ban and terming it “unlawful” in 2012.
Reminded of one of many darkest phases of his life throughout an interview with cricketpakistan.com web site, Azharuddin stated, “I do not need to blame anybody for what occurred. I actually do not know the explanations for banning me…
“…However I had determined to combat it and I’m grateful that after 12 years I received cleared. I felt very happy when after being elected president of Hyderabad affiliation I went and attended the BCCI AGM assembly.”
Azharuddin performed 99 Checks and scored 6125 runs at a mean of 45. He additionally performed 334 ODIs, scoring 9378 runs at 36.92 throughout a 15-year worldwide profession that had begun with three successive centuries.
In 2019, he had a stand named after him on the Rajiv Gandhi Worldwide Cricket Stadium. He run the bell on the Eden Gardens forward of an India match the yr earlier than and the redemption continued when he was included in a gaggle of former cricketers honoured with a lap across the iconic floor throughout India’s first pink-ball Take a look at.
‘Captained for 10 years, what extra can I ask for?’
Although he did not know that the 99th Take a look at of his profession can be his final however Azharuddin says he has no regrets at lacking out on finishing a century of matches.
“I’m a agency believer in destiny and no matter is in your future it occurs. I have a look at this fashion that these days if a participant is a category act he finally ends up taking part in greater than 100 Checks. So I do not assume this file of 99 Take a look at matches that I maintain goes to be damaged,” Azharuddin stated.
The previous skipper stated he thought-about himself lucky to have gotten the chance to signify India for a protracted interval.
“I performed for round 16 to 17 years and I captained for round 10 years. What extra can I ask for.”
The fashionable batsman additionally spoke about how former Pakistan batting nice Zaheer Abbas had helped him come out of a foul run of type and the way he repaid the favour years later by serving to Younis Khan overcome his poor type in England.
“I used to be undecided about being chosen for the Pakistan tour in 1989 as I used to be struggling badly for type. I keep in mind in Karachi Zaheer bhai got here to the bottom to look at us observe. He requested me why I used to be getting out early. I informed him my issues and he instructed I alter my grip a bit.”
“Since I had nothing to lose and he had come himself to the bottom and gave me this recommendation I stated why not give it a attempt.
“The second I modified my grip I felt extra snug and assured and began taking part in freely. Ultimately it additionally helped me turn into a extra aggressive batsman.”
Azharuddin on fielding expertise, resumption of India-Pakistan cricket
Azharuddin stated when he noticed Younis Khan struggling for runs in England in 2016 he felt dangerous.
“He appeared ugly in his batting and I felt dangerous that such a great batsman ought to play so ungainly. I knew him so I referred to as him up and suggested him to remain within the crease and attempt to play near the physique from contained in the crease.
“I’m simply glad he took my recommendation and went on to attain a double century within the ultimate Take a look at on the Oval.”
The Indian nice additionally made it clear he remained a supremely good fielder and catcher due to his versatile physique.
“I made it some extent to not placed on weight as a result of if you placed on a couple of additional kilos you may’t area correctly and comfortably.
“I’ve all the time felt that fielding isn’t taken that critically by most gamers. However if you wish to be an impressive fielder and catcher then you need to get pleasure from fielding as a lot as you do bowling or batting.”
Azharuddin additionally stated he did not see Indo-Pakistan bilateral cricket resuming within the close to future.
“I do not like to speak about this a lot as a result of it’s not in our palms. It’s a authorities to authorities problem and as soon as it’s resolved at that stage, cricket will resume, not earlier than that.”