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Kirti Azad
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Kirti Azad

India
Kirti Azad

INTL CAREER: 1980 - 1986

Full Name

Kirtivardhan Bhagwat Jha Azad

Born

January 02, 1959, Purnea, Bihar

Age

62y 162d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

TEAMS

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
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Test71201352411.2500030
ODI2521226939*14.1540067.250070
FC14218214663421539.482027950
List A7262615219427.1608220
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test71075037332/842/106124.332.98250.00000
ODI251139027372/482/4839.004.2055.70000
FC1421542071902347/6330.7265.8050
List A7220861374503/163/1627.4841.70000
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Photos


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