In a Group-E match of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, when Mumbai scored a mammoth score of 196 runs against Kerala at the loss of 7 wickets, they would hardly have lost it. The young Kerala batsman Mohammed Azharuddeen landed at the opening and his batting batting soon left Mumbai Mumbai bowlers fresh. On seeing this, the opener hit a century in 37 balls, on which Kerala won by 8 wickets in 15.5 overs.
Brother gave the name of his hero
Interestingly, this Mohammad Azharuddin has a special connection with former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin. Actually, Azharuddin was born in 1994. Azharuddin’s obsession was at that time. His loved ones included the young batsman’s elder brother Kamaruddin. He named his younger brother his favorite player. However, his parents wanted to name a few more.
Famous as Azhar
Well, when the name was given, who knew at that time that this Azharuddin would also become a cricketer like his brother’s idol and would play such a historic innings. Now let’s talk about Azharuddin’s cricket career. He started his first class cricket career in 2015. The player, known as Azhar, has so far scored 959 runs in 22 first class matches, including a century and 5 half-centuries.
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T20’s first century
Talking about T20, he has scored 404 runs in 21 matches and the century against Mumbai is the first century of his career. Before this, his name was not even half-century. Mohammad Azharuddin completed his century with the help of eight fours and as many sixes. He played only four dot balls while reaching his century. He returned with an unbeaten 137 off 54 balls with the help of nine fours and 11 sixes.
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Second fastest century
Mohammad Azharuddin’s century is the second fastest century of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Earlier, Rishabh Pant had scored a century in 32 balls in the year 2018. He has scored the fastest century among Indians after Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant. Not only this, he is the first batsman to score a century in T20 cricket for Kerala. Earlier in 2013, Rohan Prem’s unbeaten 92 runs was the highest score for Kerala.