Kerala’s opening batsman, Mohammed Azharuddeen smashed a 37-ball hundred in his scintillating knock of 137 off 54 balls during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy league match against Mumbai on Wednesday (January 13) at the Wankhede Stadium.
Ladened with 9 boundaries and 11 maximums, Azharuddeen’s thunderous knock helped Kerala chase a mammoth target of 197 inside a scarcely believable 16 overs. International batters, Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson played second fiddle to Mohammed Azharuddeen as he incessantly harrumphed runs from one end.
Choosing to bowl first, Kerala bowlers were taken to cleaners by the home batsmen. After an opening stand of 88 by openers, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Aditya Tare, the next four batsmen – Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Sarfaraz Khan, and Shivam Dube – batted at a strike rate of more than 170 taking the total to 196. Jalaj Saxena and KM Asif took three wickets each, while returning to professional cricket, S Sreesanth leaked 47 runs in 4 overs.
With the 8-wicket victory over Mumbai and registering two consecutive wins, Kerala sits at the second position in Group E – Delhi lead the group owing to a better net run rate than Kerala. On the other hand, Suryakumar Yadav’s Mumbai at placed at the bottom of the group, and on the verge of an early exit.
Mohammed Azharuddeen’s bucket list revealed
Post his heroics against Mumbai, a news channel by the name of Manorama News has got hold of Mohammed Azharuddeen’s bucket list.
The 26-year-old batsman aims of bagging an IPL contract – after his 37-ball ton, he is likely to get one – 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 with that, he dreams of playing for India in the 2023 World Cup.
The 14th edition of the IPL is expected to begin in April and is slated for India, after staging it in the UAE last season. For the same, the auction – no mega auction this time – is expected to happen soon. Along with several other youngsters, Mohammed Azharuddeen will one hoping to make his dream a reality.