You talk about wrists, we talk about Mohammad Azharuddin. The former India captain was an artist who used his bat as a brush to etch beautiful strokes on a canvas. Azhar had a long Test career where he led the Indian batting unit with his sublime knocks. In this article, we will take a look at Azharuddin’s top 3 batting performances in Test cricket.
199 vs Sri Lanka, 1986
Azhar had only stepped into international cricket when he delivered his best performance in Test cricket. In the first match of the 3-match series between India and Australia at Kanpur a young Azharuddin showcased his class to trouble the opposition bowling unit.
In reply to Sri Lanka’s 420 in the first innings, India scored 676 runs before declaring the innings. Azhar was one of the major contributors with a 199-run knock. He missed out on a double century but his batting stint had a massive impact on the result of the match.
192 vs New Zealand, 1990
Another top-notch batting effort from Azhar but this time in the away conditions which also makes this knock even more special. The Indian team was in a spot of bother in the first innings of the Test match as the visitors had lost three wickets very early while trying to overcome New Zealand’s 391 runs.
Azhar displayed resilience and scored 192 runs to take India’s total to 482. This herculean effort gave India a massive lead at the end of the first innings.
182 vs England, 1993
Eden Gardens was a happy hunting ground for the former India captain and this innings was one the best that he played in Kolkata. The Test series in 1993 between India and England started at the Eden Gardens and Azharuddin overshadowed the opposition with his century. He scored these runs in the first innings which put the home side in pole position in the contest. Eventually, India won the match and Azhar was adjudged the player of the match for his batting brilliance.