List of international cricket centuries by Mohammad Azharuddin

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Azharuddin has the fifth highest number of centuries for India in Tests.

Mohammad Azharuddin is a former international cricketer who represented and captained the Indian cricket team. Considered to be one of the greatest batsman to emerge from Indian cricket,[1] he was well known for his "wristy strokeplay".[2] A right-handed middle order batsman, Azharuddin scored 29 international centuries before the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) accused him of match-fixing in 2000, which marked the end of his cricket career.[3] In a career that spanned 15 years, he played 99 Tests and 334 One Day Internationals (ODI) accumulating 6,215 and 9,378 runs respectively.[4] Azharuddin was the first cricketer to score 9,000 runs in ODI cricket and remained the leading run-scorer until October 2000.[Note 1] He was named the "Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year" before being included by Wisden as one of their five Cricketers of the Year in 1991.[7][8]

Azharuddin made his Test and ODI debuts during England's 1984–85 tour of India. In Tests, he made centuries against all nations except West Indies and Zimbabwe.[Note 2] In his first Test appearance Azharuddin made 110, thus becoming the eighth Indian player to score a century on debut.[10] With scores of 105 and 122 in the subsequent matches of the series, he became the first player to score a century in each of his first three Tests.[1][4] Azharuddin equalled the record of Kapil Dev for the fastest century by an Indian in Test cricket, when he scored a century from 74 balls against South Africa in 1996.[11] His highest score of 199 came against Sri Lanka at Kanpur in 1986. Azharuddin's 22 Test centuries were made at fifteen cricket grounds, nine of which were outside India.[12] He scored a century in his last Test innings—against South Africa—in March 2000.[13] As of October 2017, he is joint twenty-fifth among all-time century makers in Test cricket,[Note 3] and fifth in the equivalent list for India.[15]

Azharuddin's first ODI century came two years after his debut when he made 108 against Sri Lanka. In 1987, he scored a 62-ball century against New Zealand at the Moti Bagh Stadium, Vadodara;[Note 4] the performance ensured India's victory and he was made the man of the match.[17] His highest score of 153 not out was achieved in the later part of his career, against Zimbabwe, during which he was involved in a record partnership of 275 with Ajay Jadeja.[Note 5] Azharuddin made scores between 90 and 99 seven times during his ODI career.[19]

Key

View from the top of the Eden Gardens during a cricket match, focusing on one side of the crowd; players are visible in the field.
Azharuddin scored his maiden Test century at Eden Gardens and went on to score four more centuries at this venue.
List of symbols, abbreviations along with their meanings
Notation Meaning
* Remained not out
dagger Captained the Indian cricket team
double-dagger Man of the match
Balls Balls faced
Pos. Position in the batting order
Inn. The innings of the match
Test The number of the Test match played in that series
S/R Strike rate during the innings
H/A/N Venue was at home (India), away or neutral
Date Date the match was held, or the starting date of match for Test matches
Lost The match was lost by India.
Won The match was won by India.
Drawn The match was drawn.

Test centuries

Test centuries by Azharuddin[20]
No. Score Against Pos. Inn. Test Venue H/A/N Date Result
1 110  England 5 1 3/5 Eden Gardens, Calcutta[Note 6] Home 31 December 1984 Drawn[22]
2 105  England 5 3 4/5 M. A. Chidambaram, Madras[Note 7] Home 13 January 1985 Lost[24]
3 122  England 3 1 5/5 Green Park, Kanpur Home 31 January 1985 Drawn[25]
4 199  Sri Lanka 5 2 1/3 Green Park, Kanpur Home 17 December 1986 Drawn[26]
5 141  Pakistan 5 1 2/5 Eden Gardens, Calcutta[Note 6] Home 11 February 1987 Drawn[27]
6 110  Pakistan 5 1 3/5 Sawai Mansingh, Jaipur Home 21 February 1987 Drawn[28]
7 109  Pakistan 4 3 2/4 Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad Away 23 November 1989 Drawn[29]
8 192 dagger  New Zealand 5 2 3/3 Eden Park, Auckland Away 22 February 1990 Drawn[30]
9 121  England 5 2 1/3 Lord's Cricket Ground, London Away 26 July 1990 Lost[31]
10 179 dagger  England 5 2 2/3 Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester Away 9 August 1990 Drawn[32]
11 106 dagger  Australia 6 4 4/5 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Away 25 January 1992 Lost[33]
12 182 double-dagger dagger  England 5 1 1/3 Eden Gardens, Calcutta[Note 6] Home 29 January 1993 Won[34]
13 108 double-dagger dagger  Sri Lanka 5 1 2/3 M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore Home 26 January 1994 Won[35]
14 152 double-dagger dagger  Sri Lanka 5 2 3/3 Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad Home 8 February 1994 Won[36]
15 109  South Africa 5 2 2/3 Eden Gardens, Calcutta[Note 6] Home 27 November 1996 Lost[37]
16 163* double-dagger  South Africa 6 3 3/3 Green Park Stadium, Kanpur Home 8 December 1996 Won[38]
17 115  South Africa 7 2 2/3 Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town Away 2 January 1997 Lost[39]
18 126  Sri Lanka 5 1 1/2 R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo Away 2 August 1997 Drawn[40]
19 108*  Sri Lanka 5 4 2/2 Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo Away 9 August 1997 Drawn[41]
20 163* dagger  Australia 5 2 2/3 Eden Gardens, Calcutta[Note 6] Home 18 March 1998 Won[42]
21 103* dagger  New Zealand 6 1 2/2 Basin Reserve, Wellington Away 26 December 1998 Lost[43]
22 102  South Africa 5 3 2/2 M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore Home 2 March 2000 Lost[44]

ODI centuries

One Day International centuries by Azharuddin[45]
No. Score Balls Against Pos. Inn. S/R Venue H/A/N Date Result
1 108* 94  Sri Lanka 3 1 114.89 Wankhede Stadium, Bombay[Note 8] Home 17 January 1987 Won[47]
2 108* double-dagger 65  New Zealand 6 2 166.15 Moti Bagh Stadium, Vadodara Home 17 December 1988 Won[17]
3 108 dagger 116  Sri Lanka 4 1 93.10 Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah Neutral 25 April 1990 Lost[48]
4 111* 117  Sri Lanka 5 2 94.87 R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo Away 17 August 1997 Lost[49]
5 100 dagger 111  Pakistan 3 1 90.09 National stadium, Dhaka Neutral 11 January 1998 Won[50]
6 153* double-dagger dagger 150  Zimbabwe 4 1 102.00 Barabati Stadium, Cuttack Home 9 April 1998 Won[51]
7 101 dagger 111  Pakistan 4 1 90.99 Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, Toronto Neutral 20 September 1998 Lost[52]

Notes

  1. ^ Azharuddin surpassed Desmond Haynes' aggregate of 8,648 runs in November 1998, and held the record for two years when Sachin Tendulkar overtook the total.[5][6]
  2. ^ Bangladesh attained the status of a Test playing nation on 26 June 2000, three months after Azharuddin made his final Test appearance.[9]
  3. ^ Azharuddin shares the position with Kevin Pietersen, Geoffrey Boycott, Colin Cowdrey and Wally Hammond.[14]
  4. ^ The century was the fastest at that time in terms of balls faced. As of October 2017, it is the eleventh fastest in the format.[16]
  5. ^ The partnership was the highest for any wicket in ODIs at the time. As of October 2017, it remains the highest for a fourth wicket pair and fifth highest for any wicket.[18]
  6. ^ a b c d e Calcutta was renamed as Kolkata in 2001.[21]
  7. ^ Madras was renamed as Chennai in 1996.[23]
  8. ^ Bombay was renamed as Mumbai in 1995.[46]

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