Kirti Azad

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Kirti Azad
Personal information
Born (1959-01-02) 2 January 1959 (age 55)
Purnea, Bihar, India
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
International information
National side
Domestic team information
Years Team
1976–1994 Delhi
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 7 25
Runs scored 135 269
Batting average 11.25 14.15
100s/50s –/– –/–
Top score 24 39*
Balls bowled 750 390
Wickets 3 7
Bowling average 124.33 39.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling 2/84 2/48
Catches/stumpings 3/– 7/–
Source: Cricinfo, 4 February 2006

Kirtivardhan Bhagwat Jha Azad About this sound pronunciation  (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.[1]

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.[2]

Kirti Azad is married to Poonam and has two sons.[3] Both his sons, Surya Azad and Somya Azad, have played national level cricket for Delhi.[4][5]


Later he followed his father Bhagwat Jha Azad, former Chief Minister of Bihar,[6] into politics and was elected to Parliament on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket from Darbhanga, Bihar. He is currently serving his third term in the Lok Sabha. He was previously an MLA from Delhi's Gole Market constituency.[7]He won the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections from Darbhanga.[8]

Views on IPL[edit]

Following a 2012 sting operation on players of Indian Premier League (IPL), Azad came out in opposition of the tournament and demanded that it be banned.[9] Speaking about the Indian T20 team, he reportedly alleged that the players played for self rather than the country. He further said that he felt agitated and ashamed to be associated with the BCCI in the wake of the IPL controversy.


  1. ^ "Kirti Azad". Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kirti Azad". Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  3. ^ "Detailed Profile: Shri Kirti (Jha) Azad". National Portal of India. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Surya Azad". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Somyavardhan Azad". CricketArchive. Retrieved 3 Sep 2012. 
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  7. ^ "A veteran-newcomer fight at Gole Market". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
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  9. ^ PTI (20 May 2012). "Kirti Azad begins hunger fast against IPL". IBNLive. Retrieved 21 May 2012.