At the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday, Mohammed Azharudden turned the primary T20 centurion for Kerala as he hammered a 37-ball ton to information the group to a convincing win in opposition to Mumbai.
The seasoned campaigner – who has been within the circuit for the final six years – surpassed Rohan Prem’s earlier top-score of 92 not out and ensured that Kerala remained undefeated in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
While he toyed with the Mumbai bowlers en route 137 off 54 deliveries, the Kerala camp appeared excited with Azharudden’s feat.
A wicketkeeper-batsman, Azharuddeen made it to Kerala’s first-class aspect in 2015 and has been fairly a constant performer since.
What’s in a reputation
Just a few years in the past, in the course of the group’s coaching camp in Chennai, Tinu Yohannan – the present Kerala head coach – had advised Sportstar an attention-grabbing story concerning the younger Azharuddeen – which has turn into a folklore in Kerala’s cricketing circuit.
When he was born in 1994, his mother and father had initially considered a distinct identify, nevertheless it was his elder brother Kamarudden, who named him Azharudden – after his ‘idol’ Mohammad Azharuddin – who was then the India captain.
And for the plain causes, ever since his age-group cricket days, the teenager could be known as ‘Azhar in the making’.
Yesterday as soon as extra
In an empty Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday night, it was fairly a ‘throwback to the 1990s’ as Azharuddeen was joined by Sachin Baby – namesake of one other India legend, Sachin Tendulkar.
While Baby – a former Kerala captain – remained unbeaten on 2, these jiffy each Azharuddeen and Baby spent on the crease become a a lot talked-about affair on social media. With simply a few runs left, Azharuddeen sealed the cope with a six.
And ever since his age-group cricket days, the 26-year-old made his presence felt with some constant performances, and earned himself the fame of a prolific shot maker.
After spectacular stints on the U-19 and U-23 ranges, Azharudden was drafted into the Kerala group, and regardless that there have been struggles in between, Azharuddeen has tried doing justice to his identify and expertise.
And a shocking present on the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday, not solely guided Kerala to one more win, but in addition helped the teenager stamp his class.
Interestingly, his namesake Azharuddin, too, had a profitable outing on the Wankhede Stadium, the place he’s the second highest run-scorer of India within the ODIS – 302 runs in eight matches – proper after Sachin Tendulkar. In the six Tests that he performed on the iconic venue, Azhar scored 126 runs.