Mohammad Azharuddin admits Eden Gardens saved his cricket career many times

Azharuddin has played 99 Test and 334 ODI matches for India.

Mohammad Azharuddin scored 182 against England at Eden Gardens in 1993 Test | GETTY

Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin owes his success to a special venue, Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Azharuddin said Eden Gardens saved his career many times. He also talked about how the ground was a different couple of decades back.

Azhar has played seven Test matches in Eden Gardens and his prodigious numbers here perfectly supports his words. In nine innings, he scored 860 runs with an average of 107.50, which included 5 hundreds and 2 half-centuries.

"My teammates told me to try someone different. I thought any bowler would anyway give five runs and said if this works, it's great and if it doesn't, I will take the brunt. I was facing it anyway," he said during a panel, which also included West Indies great duo of Brian Lara and Carl Hooper.

"Quite a few times Eden had saved my career. I would not be sitting here had it not for Eden," Azhar said. "Those were days when most of the stands were concrete. Now it has chairs. The ground is always special to me," he recalled.

Azharuddin further said India have a good chance to win in Australia although they will have to push hard for every inch as it won't be easy Down Under. "India have a good chance Down Under. They are a good side and I fancy them winning there. Of course, it won't be easy. It never is in Australia. But this team can do it," Azharuddin said.

Azharuddin also opened up on the Kookaburra ball used in Australia, "I think different balls are used in different countries and you can't do much about the rules. Yes with the Kookaburra ball, it doesn't swing a lot but in England, they use the Dukes ball, in India SG, so that's how it is."


By Sihyeu Singh - 03 Nov, 2018

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