Mohammad Azharuddin, 26, scored a century in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy against Mumbai last month. He was successful in securing the innings, which were the high scores of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), among many eye donations.
The Bangalore-based franchise worked by purchasing Mohammad Azharuddin at a base price of INR 20 lakhs. In the process, the franchise helped the Kerala keeper-batsman realize a dream: playing alongside Virat Kohli.
This became better immediately after the auction when he received a message from an unknown number.
“Two minutes after the auction, Virat brother Messaged me saying, ‘Welcome to RCB, All the Best. Virat here. ‘The message made me very emotional. This is not something I could have even imagined in my dream to give a message, “Mohammad Azharuddin Told SportsKida in an exclusive interview.
The feeling of getting that message can only get better when he captains and advises a player that he looks as a symbol of the game.
“It’s something I’m very happy about. Virat bhai is someone whom I see as a cricket icon. Playing with Virat Bhai has always been a dream of mine. I am very excited and very happy to be on the same team as him, ”Mohammad Azharuddin told us.
It is the need of the team that matters the most: Mohammad Azharuddin
Mohammad Azharuddin chased Kerala against Odisha as opener in their Vijay Hazare Trophy on Saturday. The right-handed batsman scored an unbeaten 23, coming in at number 6 after being chased by Robin Uthappa at number one.
However, Kasargod’s man opens up in the shortest format of the game for his state team. It was in this situation that Mohammad Azharuddin did, in fact, score an unbeaten 137-run century of 54 against Mumbai, as Kerala chased a mammoth target of 196 runs in 16 overs.
And when he prefers to open, the 26-year-old model is a team man, he is happier wherever the team needs him. At the end of the day, the team is a priority, be it Kerala or their IPL franchise.
“I’m a starting batsman. I can give the team a good start, and if I get a start, I can work on it as well. Also, it is the team that needs it the most. I Will always watch. ” The requirements of the team and the team should be flexible according to me, ”Mohammad Azharuddin said.
It will be interesting to see if RCB wants to place Azharuddin in the playing XI, should he play. While the Bengaluru franchise has released Aaron Finch, he used the likes of Joshua Philip and captain Virat Kohli alongside the younger Devadatta Padikkal.
Azharuddin has the ability to get the right momentum from the word, if necessary he should hold well in the slot as a finisher. However, it may be a little too good right now to oppose Paddikkal and Azharuddin’s early partnership, given that they have shown themselves to be capable in the past.
Published 21 February 2021 19:50 IST