‘That Forgotten Match’: When Azharuddin hit a 62-ball hundred to demolish New Zealand – cricket

“Out of my 30 International hundreds, I can hardly remember 10-12 but the whirlwind knock against New Zealand is still fresh in my mind even after 31 years,” Mohammed Azharuddin mentioned concerning the day when “everything clicked for him”.

It was in December, 1988 when Azhar blasted a greater than respectable New Zealand assault for a 62-ball-100, then the quickest hundred in 50 over cricket.

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The PTI caught up with Azharuddin to discuss a sport that was important in India’s ODI historical past however shouldn’t be a lot talked about or feted. The footage of that sport shouldn’t be out there although the match was aired stay on Doordarshan.During India’s chase, the transmission hyperlink was misplaced and Azhar’s stellar knock, a first of its form throughout these days couldn’t be watched on TV by the followers.

“It was at the Moti Bagh Palace ground. A lovely open ground where there would be shamianas for the spectators. I think I had hit three or four sixes (three), two of which landed outside the ground and one hit the tree. That day, it seemed I could do no wrong and I didn’t realise that I had completed hundred in 60 odd balls,” Azhar recollected.

Indian bowlers gave away too many runs in that sport in absence of premier bowler Kapil Dev as Sanjeev Sharma was hit for 74 in 10 overs whereas Rashid Patel (58 in 10 overs) and Chetan Sharma (0/54 in 10 overs) have been additionally costly when it comes to financial system fee throughout these days.

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“Chasing 279 was like 340 in these days. The best part was I batted at number six in that game. I don’t remember now but I came in when either Dilip bhai (Vengsarkar) or Sanjay got out. But Ajay (Sharma) gave me good support as we had 100 plus stand in quick time.”I keep in mind I received caught into one among their two off-spinners (Chris Kuggeliejn, different one was John Bracewell). Hit him for some huge sixes. I additionally hit some good boundaries towards Ewen Chatfield and Sneeden. I feel (Richard) Hadlee didn’t play that sport,” the 49-year-previous recollected.

“I have had some great ODI performances but yes, this one will be among the best if not the best. You have to check the record books but this was one of our highest chases if not the highest run chase back then. I am not sure but it must be somewhere close,” Azhar mentioned.

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