‘Years ago, I met a very talented player named Muhammad Azharuddin. Now, another extraordinary genius of the same name has been discovered. He has some great shots’ – Harsha Bhogle, who is well known as a commentator in the world of cricket, said on Twitter yesterday! Wouldn’t someone who has witnessed the performances of world cricket legends, including Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, who has provided the words for it, and who has scrutinized their performances, be an extraordinary genius to write like this?
Undoubtedly, he is an extraordinary genius! Those in doubt can see the highlights of the Kerala-Mumbai Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on Wednesday. The match witnessed the glittering footsteps of Indian cricket, perhaps world cricket, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Mohammad Azharuddin, a Kasargod batsman, smashed 137 off 54 balls at Wankhede against Mumbai’s strong bowling. Azhar hit nine fours and 11 sixes in Mumbai’s innings. Only through boundaries did the player reach the century!
There was a man who came on the scene shortly after the innings, testifying that he had enjoyed the lightning performance of the 26-year-old Mohammad Azharuddin; Real Virender Sehwag! Sehwag praised Azharuddin on Twitter A handful of records were broken in Wankhede when Mohammad Azharuddin was swept away by the storm. Azharuddin, who hit a century off just 37 balls, became the third fastest Indian to score a Twenty20 century.
Rishabh, who scored a century off just 32 balls against Himachal Pradesh in the 2018 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, holds the record for the fastest century. In second place is Rohit Sharma. In 2017, Rohit completed his 35-ball century against Sri Lanka. Azhar equaled Yusuf Pathan’s 37-ball century for the Rajasthan Royals against the Mumbai Indians in 2010.
Azharuddin’s 137 is the second highest individual score in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Puneet Bisht, who scored 149 not out for Meghalaya against Manipur this season, holds the record. This is the first time a Kerala player has scored a century in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Rohan Prem’s unbeaten 92 against Delhi in 2012-13 was the previous highest score by a Kerala batsman.
English Summary: Record breaking batting from Mohammed Azharudheen, Kerala batsman