Sports News, National, Thiruvananthapuram, January 16:-Kerala opener Mohammed Azharuddeen recently became a household name in India after his exploits in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai became the talking point of the Internet.
Veteran and explosive cricketer Virender Sehwag, in a tweet, said he enjoyed watching Azharuddeen’s innings.
On Wednesday, chasing a stiff target of 197, Azharuddeen made it look a tad too easy as he smacked 10 sixes and 9 fours and remained unbeaten at 137 off 54 balls handing Kerala victory in just 16 overs. This was also Kerala’s second straight win of the tournament.
This was the second-fastest century in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy history, with Rishabh Pant’s 32-ball ton in 2018 being the fastest.
Those who had witnessed blitzkrieg that unfolded at the Wankhede were all praises of the Kerala batsman.
Azharuddeen’s assault took Mumbai by surprise, as Kerala smashed 65 runs in the first five overs. Azharuddeen took just 20 balls for his fifty. By the end of the 12th over, they were 165 for 1 with Azharuddeen already past his century. Robin Uthappa made 33 off 23 in an opening partnership worth 129 runs off just 57 balls.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)