When the Indian top order failed in Australia, one of its best exponents, Mohammed Azharuddin, was cooling his heels back home. Famed for his supple wrists and athletic fielding, the Hyderabadi could not find a place in the team despite his vast experience and impressive record. At 36 some say Azharuddin is over the hill, but as he has been proving in recent domestic matches, there are few in the country to match his talent and strokeplay. In an interview with B.R. Srikanth, he talks about his form, fitness and relationship with the Indian captain and coach.
Isn’t it humiliating that you have to depend on domestic scores to get back into the Indian team?
I don’t have to justify my inclusion in the team on those lines. I have been a cricketer for 15 years and the records speak for my performance. But when the selectors do this, you have to just shrug and carry on.
It seems there is a deliberate move to keep you out of the team. It is said captain Sachin Tendulkar and coach Kapil Dev are against your inclusion....