First discovered 45 minutes agoRecalling that moment, he said in an interview to The Indian Express, “I came to know about my play only 45 minutes before the start of the game. I was very nervous. However, I believed that I had a very good performance in the last three-four months (in domestic cricket). I am here after scoring a century in both innings in Ranji Trophy. There was confidence, but I think the selectors had great faith in me as well. Chandu Borde sir (the then chief selector) insisted that I should play '
Was the 12th player for two Tests
At that time, Kapil Dev had to sit out due to poor performance. He said, 'I was the 12th player for the first two Tests. So I was at least understanding how test cricket is played and how to prepare mentally. I learned a lot by watching. I felt lucky to play with Sunny Bhai (Gavaskar). There were many great players in that team – Dilip Bhai (Vengsarkar), Jimmy Bhai (Mohinder Amarnath), Kiri Bhai (Syed Kirmani). Kapil Paji was not in that match, but I had many people who could advise me. '
Circumstances were not favorableReferring to that match, he said, 'For the first time I was playing in front of such a huge crowd. The ball was swinging around. Calcutta is very cold in late December. it was dark. During that time of the year the light becomes very less. I was lucky to play 322 balls and scored 110 runs with the help of 10 fours. The conditions here were not conducive to making a stroke. I had to focus, which I did and at the end of the day I got a century. It was very satisfying. It was my destiny that I scored a century in my very first match.
Azharuddin then scored 105 in the second innings of the Chennai Test against England and 122 in Kanpur. Talking about Eden Gardens, here Azhar scored 860 runs in seven Tests in his career at an average of 107.50, including five centuries.