Mohammad Azharuddin is a former Indian cricketer and a politician. He was an accomplished batsman and captained the Indian cricket team for much of the 1990s. For his achievements he was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1986. Azharuddin was implicated in a cricket match-fixing scandal in 2000 and banned by BCCI for life.
On 8 November 2012, the Andhra Pradesh High Court lifted the ban, describing it as “unsustainable”. He has been one of India’s most successful captains, winning 90 ODIs. Later this achievement was surpassed by M.S. Dhoni on 2 September 2014 against England overtaking him as the most successful Indian ODI captain with 91 victories. His 14 test match wins as captain was a record until it was bettered by then Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly with 21 test match wins.
As a fielder, he took 156 catches in ODI cricket. His highest test score is 199, gained against Sri Lanka and in 1991 he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year. Towards the end of his career Azharuddin was accused and found guilty of match-fixing and a life ban on Azharuddin’s participation in cricket was imposed. Azhruddin formally joined the Indian National Congress party on 19 February 2009. He contested the Indian general election, 2009 from Moradabad in western Uttar Pradesh.Hide.