|Full name||Mohammad Azharuddin|
8 February 1963 |
|Nickname||Azhar, ajju, Azzu|
|Batting style||Right-handed batsman|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
|Test debut (cap 169)||30 December 1984 v England|
|Last Test||2 March 2000 v South Africa|
|ODI debut (cap 51)||20 January 1985 v England|
|Last ODI||3 June 2000 v Pakistan|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: CricketArchive, 13 February 2009|
|Member of Parliament|
16 May 2009 – 16 May 2014
|Preceded by||Shafiqur Rahman Barq|
|Succeeded by||Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar Singh|
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
Sangeeta Bijlani (1996-2010)
Mohammad Azharuddin pronunciation (help·info) (born 8 February 1963 in Hyderabad, then Andhra Pradesh now Telangana State, India) is a former Indian cricket captain and politician. He was a middle-order batsman and captained the Indian cricket team in the 1990s. He was elected as a member of Parliament from Moradabad constituency on an Indian National Congress party ticket.
Azharuddin was implicated in a cricket match-fixing scandal in 2000 and was banned by BCCI for life. On 8 November 2012, the Andhra Pradesh High Court lifted the ban describing it as "unsustainable".
Early life and education
Azharuddin was born in Hyderabad to Mohammad Azizuddin and Yousuf Sultana on 8 February 1963.He attended All Saints High School, Hyderabad and graduated from Nizam College, Osmania University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Azharuddin made his debut for the Indian cricket team in Test cricket in 1984 against England at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 31st of December 1984. and hit three centuries in his first three matches. Azharuddin scored a total of 22 centuries in test cricket, at an average of 45 and seven in ODIs at an average of 37. As a fielder, he took 156 catches in ODI cricket. He played 99 test matches with a highest score of 199, scored against Sri Lanka.
Azharuddin became the captain of the Indian team succeeding Krishnamachari Srikkanth in 1989. He led the Indian team in 47 Test matches and 174 One Day Internationals. He led the team to victory in 90 ODIs, the highest until surpassed by M.S. Dhoni on 2 September 2014. His 14 test match wins as captain was a record until it was beaten by Sourav Ganguly, who has 21 test match wins to his name.
Match fixing scandal
Azharuddin was accused and found not guilty of match-fixing in the match-fixing scandal in 2000. Then South African captain Hansie Cronje indicated that Azharuddin was the one to introduce him to the bookies. The ICC and the BCCI banned Azharuddin for life based on a report by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Azharuddin was a middle-order batsman. He was known for a graceful and fluid batting style. John Woodcock, a cricket writer, said of him, "It's no use asking an Englishman to bat like Mohammad Azharuddin. It would be like expecting a greyhound to win the Epsom Derby." Retired cricketer Venkataraghavan stated that "Azharuddin had the best wrists in the game".
Azharuddin married Naureen in 1987 had two sons with her. In 1996, he divorced her and married actress Sangeeta Bijlani. The marriage ended in a divorce in 2010 reportedly due to Azhar's alleged affair with badminton player Jwala Gutta, which was refused by the player. His younger son Ayazuddin died in a road accident in 2011. According to media reports, he supposedly married long-time friend Shannon Marie in 2015, but he had denied it. 
In popular culture
A Bollywood film Azhar, directed by Tony D'Souza, was based on his life. The film featured Emraan Hashmi as Mohammad Azharuddin, Nargis Fakhri as Sangeeta Bijlani and Prachi Desai as first wife Naureen. It was released on 13th May, 2016.
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|Indian National Test Cricket Captain
1989/90 – 1996
|Indian National Test Cricket Captain
1997/98 – 1998/99