Mohammad Azharuddin was born on 8th February 1963 in Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana. He is a politician and the former captain of Indian cricket team in the 1990s. He was elected as the member of parliament from Moradabad on Indian National Congress party ticket. He completed his schooling from All Saints High School, Hyderabad and completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Nizam College, Osmania University. In the year 1987, he married Naureen and had two sons with her.
In 1996, they got divorced and then Azhar married actress
. In an unfortunate road accident in 2011, his younger son Ayazuddin took his last breath. Azharuddin played his debut match in the year 1984 against England at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The first match that he played was a test match. He hit three centuries in his first three matches. He scored a total of 22 centuries in his test cricket career with an average of 45 and 7 centuries in One Day International matches with an average of 37. He played a total of 99 test matches with a highest score of 199 against Sri Lanka.
He became the captain of Indian team in the year 1989. Under his captaincy, team India played 47 test matches and 174 one day matches. In his captaincy, team India won 90 One Day International matches which was a highest record as an Indian captain before Dhoni came into play as the captain and broke the record of highest number of ODIs wins on 2nd September 2014. In test cricket under his captaincy team India won 14 matches. After that this record was broken by Saurav Ganguly who got 21 wins under his belt.
Azharuddin was a middle order right handed batsman and was a great player of his time. Venkataraghavan once said that “Azharuddin had the best wrists in the game." He was found guilty of the match-fixing in the year 2000. After that ICC as well as BCCI banned him and after that he was not selected as a member in both the domestic cricket teams. But after investigation in 2012, on November 8 the High court of Andhra Pradesh denied the ban that was imposed on him. Azharuddin was awarded Arjun Award in 1986. In the year 1991, he was named Widsen Cricketer of the Year.