Team India was blessed to have Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.
The era of the 90s and early 2000s marked the dominance of these four pillars of Indian cricket.
All these greats have received their due appreciation and love from the cricket fans but what often goes missing is crediting the man who played a pivotal role in giving cricket the likes of Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, and VVS Laxman.
Nevertheless, former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has credited Mohammed Azharuddin, former India skipper, for backing these legends.
Azhar took over the captaincy from Krishnamachari Srikkanth in 1989 and captained India in 47 Test matches and 174 ODIs.
Out of which, he won 90 ODIs, a record until MS Dhoni surpassed him. He also registered 14 Test victories as a captain.
Sachin Tendulkar, who ruled cricket in the 90s and 2000s, struggled in his initial years when he batted down the order. Latif heaped praise on Azhar for promoting Tendulkar in the batting order.
“Sachin played around 70 odd matches before making his first ODI century in 1994. The credit must go to Azhar for promoting Sachin. And ever since, there was no looking back for him. He deserves credit for Dravid, Ganguly, and Laxman as well.”
Notably, Ganguly, Laxman and Dravid made their Test debut under Azhar’s captaincy.