Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin’s career may have been marred with controversies but it there is no denying that very few cricketers have made batting look as easy and fluent as Azhar. He used a very light bat and was renowned for his timing and exceptional wrist work. It can be said that Azharuddin belonged to the Ranjitsinhji school of batting as he was one of the greatest exponents of the flick stroke. Eden Gardens in Kolkata was Azhar’s favourite hunting ground and against England, in the 1992-93 season, he produced one of his many Test gems. READ MORE: Mohammad Azharuddin: 11 facts you should know about the former India captain

Azhar won the toss and elected to bat. He came out to bat when the scoreboard read 93 for 3. Navjot Sidhu, Manoj Prabhakar, and debutant Vinod Kambli were back in the pavilion, and Azhar joined Sachin Tendulkar. Lot of questions were raised on Azhar’s captaincy after the unsuccessful tour of South Africa and he had a lot to prove.

At his favourite Garden of Eden, Azharuddin mesmerised a capacity crowd with elegant strokeplay. He was watchful at the start and then tore apart the English bowling. By the time he departed, he had once again enthralled the cricket fraternity. His 197-ball 182 had ensured that England had little chance to stage a comeback. ALSO READ: VIDEO: Mohammad Azharuddin trains Emraan Hashmi for ‘Azhar’

Wisden described the win as ‘England were beaten in the first Test, physically, mentally, technically and tactically as Azharuddin led his side to victory, only the second in their past 26 Tests.’

Helicopter shot?

Azhar looked set for a double ton before he played a tired looking shot to the mid-wicket off the bowling at Graeme Hick. His bat movement during his dismissal was very similar to the modern day helicopter shot. Check out 14.40 in the video. But of course, after you have enjoyed the majestic knock that helped India seal the first Test of the series by eight wickets.

Brief Scores:

India 371 (Manoj Prabhakar 46, Sachin Tendulkar 50, Mohammad Azharuddin 182; Devon Malcolm 3 for 63, Graeme Hick 3 for 19) & 82 for 2 (Navjot Sidhu 37,Graeme Hick 2 for 9) bt England 163 (Anil Kumble 3 for 50, V Raju 3 for 39, Rajesh Chauhan 3 for 30) & 286 (Alec Stewart 49, Mike Gatting 81; Anil Kumble 3 for 76, V Raju 3 for 80) by eight wickets