Mohammad Azharuddin shared a picture of the bat with which he scored three consecutive hundreds in his first three Tests. He scripted history in January 1985 when he became the first and only batsman to register three centuries in his first three Test matches.
“With this bat, I made a world record of three consecutive hundreds in my first three tests against England in 84-85. In a season I scored more than 800 runs with this very bat, chosen by my grandfather,” he wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
The 58-year-old made his Test debut against England at Eden Gardens in December 1984, where he scored 110 off 322 balls in the first innings. The match, however, ended in a stalemate.
In his second Test in Chennai, he was dismissed for 48 in the first innings before he scored 105 in the second. His knock, however, went in vain as double hundreds by Mike Gatting and Graeme Fowler saw England cruise to victory by nine wickets.
Mohammad Azharuddin then smashed 122 off 270 balls in the first innings of the third Test in Kanpur and achieved the world record of three hundreds in his first three Tests. He smashed 54 off only 43 balls in the second innings as the Test ended in a draw.
Earlier this week, the former Indian skipper, who is currently serving as the President of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), also shared an image from the 1992 Cricket World Cup opening ceremony.
“The opening ceremony of the 1992 Cricket World Cup was on board a ship berthed in the Sydney Harbour with the nine captains in attendance! How many of the nine cricketers in this frame you can identity?” he had captioned the image.
Mohammad Azharuddin featured in 99 Tests and 334 ODIs for India, amassing 6,215 and 9,378 runs respectively. Interestingly, he also scored a hundred in his last Test match, against South Africa in Bengaluru in March 2000.