Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin holds the historic Eden Gardens very close to his heart as he had many memorable performances, including a debut hundred in 1984-85 and match saving one in 1993.
Eden Gardens also witnessed Azhar lift the Hero Cup in 1993 and tri-nation series in 1994. There are multiple theories behind Azharuddin decision to hand the ball to Sachin Tendulkar in the last over against South Africa. However, Mohammad Azharuddin said that it was just for the heck of doing something different.
“My teammates told me to try someone different. I thought any bowler would anyway give five runs and said that if this works, it’s great and if it doesn’t, I will take the brunt. I was facing it anyway,” Azharuddin said in a panel discussion.
Speaking about Eden Gardens, the cricketer admitted that Eden had saved his career quite a few times. He also noted that it is because of Eden he is sitting in the panel and talking about cricket.
“Quite a few times Eden had saved my career. I would not be sitting here had it not for Eden. Those were days when most of the stands were concrete. Now, it has chairs. The ground is always special to me,” Azhar recalls.
India have a good chance to win in Australia
Furthermore, Mohammad Azharuddin also recalled that Virat Kohli & Co have a fair chance to win during their tour to Down Under. However, he also reminded it wouldn’t be that easy as Australia will push harder.
“India have a good chance Down Under. They are a good side and I fancy them winning there. Of course, it won’t be easy. It never is in Australia. But, this team can do it,” Azharuddin signed off.