19 January, 2021

Retired Hurt

He's the old warrior sacrificed at the altar of 'youth'. Will Azhar ever take guard for India again?

Retired Hurt

He is a man all of us have stabbed at least once. Even the darts thrown at the team would somehow stick on his back. The old daggers are still there, jutting out. Now it’s time to twist them. This is the man who has played more one-day internationals than England has in all its history, Wisden Cricketer of the Year in ‘91, the pall-bearer of all Indian defeats, and apparently responsible for everything that went wrong with our lives.Mohammed Azizuddin Azharuddin today is a very sad man. When Jadeja quit with an injury, it looked like Azhar would be going to Australia. But the board brought a principle of animal husbandry to cricket-take the colts to the race course. So, Hrishikesh Kanitkar it was.

"I learnt from the news on TV that I am not going to Australia," Azhar says from his hotel room in Kozhikode. "I would’ve felt a bit consoled if one of the selectors had told me that I am not included. I have captained the national side. Anybody in my position will be hurt." The pathos is something the chairman of the national selectors, Chandu...



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