Kerala’s batsman, Mohammed Azharuddeen has turned his life for good after he harrumphed a 37-ball hundred during his scintillating knock of 137 off 54 balls in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy league match against Mumbai on Wednesday (January 13) at the Wankhede Stadium.
With the help of 9 boundaries and 11 maximums, Azharuddeen’s thunderous knock helped Kerala chase a mammoth target of 197 inside a scarcely believable 16 overs. He made international batters, Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson play second fiddle around him as Azharuddeen smashed every Mumbai bowler to all corners of the iconic Wankhede.
As the case with any other youngster who rises in the public’s eye out of nowhere, Mohammed Azharuddeen too is faced with the question of envisaging himself bagging one of the lucrative IPL contracts.
However, the 26-year-old batsman makes it clear that he is focussed on his matches in the Syed Mushtaq tournament currently, and isn’t worried much about the IPL auction, which is expected to happen in late January or February.
“I am in a good zone. I am not worried about the IPL auction or something. I am just concentrating on our fourth match against Andhra on Sunday.” Mohammed Azharuddeen told PTI.
There are some goals: Mohammed Azharuddeen
The right-hander has although set some goals for himself. Azharuddeen aims of being picked by one of the IPL franchises – after his 37-ball ton, he is most likely to – and wishes to buy a house and a Benz car.
The right-hander has set his targets on the longer format as well – Azharuddeen hopes to score hundreds in Ranji Trophy cricket, and consequently, he dreams of playing for India in the 2023 World Cup. Mohammed Azharuddeen says that he likes to bat in the top order, and is in a better and clearer frame of mind.
“There are some goals, play IPL, score a few hundreds in Ranji trophy. I (made my) debut in 2015, I didn’t get a chance to bat in top-order. Now I am clear about how to approach my batting, clear in my mind,” the Kerala opener said.