Matches (14)
ZIM v WI (1)
Super Smash (1)
SA20 (3)
ILT20 (3)
BBL (1)
BPL 2023 (2)
Ranji Trophy (1)
WI 4-Day (2)

Full Name

Kirtivardhan Bhagwat Jha Azad


January 02, 1959, Purnea, Bihar


64y 34d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role


The son of a Central Minister, Kirti Azad was an aggressive right-hand batsman and a quickish offspinner. A surprise choice for the tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1980-81, he made his Test debut at Wellington. He then played three Tests without much success against England in 1981-82 and was then ignored till he was picked for the World Cup in 1983. Azad had his day in the sun when he played a leading part in India winning the semi-final against England, when he helped bottle up the middle order with his fastish offbreaks and earned a bonus while bowling the dangerous Ian Botham. Back home he played a swashbuckling innings at the Kotla in helping India defeat Pakistan in one of the early day-night games. But he met with little success in three Tests against Pakistan and West Indies and was discarded.

Azad, a nonconformist in many ways, was a stalwart allrounder for Delhi for years and in 95 Ranji Trophy matches he scored 4867 runs (47.72) and took 162 wickets (28.91). His highest score was 215 against Himachal Pradesh in 1985-86. He followed his father into politics and was elected to Parliament on a BJP ticket.
Partab Ramchand June 2008

Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
List A7262615219427.16nullnull08null220
List A72null20861374503/163/1627.483.9541.7000
Kirti Azad portrait
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Debut/Last Matches - Player
Former India offspinner Kirti Azad goes on a hunger strike to protest the IPL
Kirti Azad and Madan Lal protest against the DDCA
Mohinder Amarnath and Kirti Azad enjoy a light moment
Roger Binny takes a catch, 1983 World Cup
1983 World Cup Champs - India