Watch: Emraan Hashmi as Mohammad Azharuddin in 'Azhar' trailer
Updated - Apr 1, 2016 5:24 pm
Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin, who was banned for life for match-fixing in 2000 and which was lifted in 2006 is back in the limelight with the trailer of his biopic ‘Azhar’ being released.
Azhar’s role has been essayed by actor Emraan Hashmi, his first wife Naureen’s role is played by Prachi Desai and the role of his second wife Sangita Bijlani being played by Nargis Fakhri in the movie that has been produced by Ekta Kapoor and directed by Tony D’Souza.
Mohammad Azharuddin is one of the most successful captains of the Indian team, who is the only batsman in Test history to make three centuries in his first three Test matches against England in 1984. He was a part of the Indian team in four World Cups in 1987, 1992, 1996 and 1999 and led India in 1992, 1996 and the 1999 World Cup.
He played 99 Tests and scored 6,216 runs at an average of 45.03 with 22 centuries and 9,378 runs in 334 ODIs with 7 hundreds. Azhar played his last Test against South Africa in 2000 and scored a century.
He was banned for his role in match-fixing after South African player Hansie Cronje indicated in the King inquiry that it was Azharuddin who introduced him to bookies. BCCI lifted the ban in 2006 and was honoured by BCCI in a ceremony along with former Test captains during the Champions Trophy in 2006.
He joined the Congress party and contested the 2009 elections from the Moradabad constituency in Western UP. The movie was announced in 2013, with a teaser poster showing Emraan Hashmi playing Azhar. Azhar himself trained Hashmi on how to walk, talk and behave in his style and play cricket in his way.