Much like other current and former cricketers, legendary Mohammad Azharuddin has also been quite active on social media amid the coronavirus pandemic. Recently, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, Azhar rolled back the clock as he returned to the cricket field after 20 years.
The former Indian captain posted a 37-second video on microblogging website Twitter where he can be seen showcasing his trademark shots. In the video, Azharuddin is looking chilled in a casual red T-shirt and grey shorts. He then put on his batting gloves and picked up a cricket bat to take back his fans in the past.
Azharuddin can be seen facing a throwdown and playing with the middle of his bat. Cover drive, trademark flick, square cut and whatnot, the 57-year-old smashed the ball to all parts of the grounds.
“Knock knock… timing it like old times #AzharFlicks,” Azharuddin captioned the post.
— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) June 4, 2020
Azharuddin last played for India two decades back when he took the field against Pakistan in an Asia cup encounter in June 2000. He has played 99 Test matches for the nation and amassed 6,215 runs at an impressive average of over 45. He has also scored 22 centuries in the longest format of the game.
In ODIs, Azharuddin appeared in 334 games and clubbed 9,378 runs. He has smashed seven hundreds in the 50-over format. When it comes to the captaincy, Azhar has led India in 174 ODIs and 47 Tests with India winning 90 and 14 respectively.
In April, Azharuddin joined Indian Cricketers Association’s initiative to support former players during the coronavirus lockdown. He had pledged to donate Rs 10 lakh. In September last year, Azharuddin was elected as president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA).