|This article's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (February 2011)|
2 January 1959 |
Purnea, Bihar, India
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm offbreak|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 4 February 2006|
Kirtivardhan Bhagwat Jha Azad pronunciation (help·info) (born 2 January 1959, Purnea, Bihar) is a former Indian cricketer who played in seven Tests and 25 ODIs from 1980 to 1986. He attended Modern School in Delhi where he was part of the school cricket team. The highlight of his career was being part of the Indian team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
Kirti Azad also played a memorable innings against Pakistan in 1983 at New Delhi, in an exhibition day/night match. Pakistan batted first and made 197 runs for 3 wickets in 50 overs with Kirti Azad taking all 3 wickets. In India's reply, Kirti scored a rapid 71 not-out and steered India to a one-wicket victory. He hit seven sixes, including three consecutive sixes off Pakistani medium pacer Jalaluddin.
Later he followed his father Bhagwat Jha Azad, former Chief Minister of Bihar, into politics and was elected to Parliament on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket from Darbhanga, Bihar. He is currently serving his second term in the Lok Sabha. He was previously an MLA from Delhi's Gole Market constituency.
Views on IPL
Following a sting operation on players of Indian Premier League in 2012, Azad came out in opposition of the tournament and demanded for it to be banned. He talking about Indian t20 team and zaheer khan,all players play for only money not for country.Kirti Azad said he felt really agitated and ashamed that he is associated with BCCI in the wake of IPL Controversey.
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