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Mohammad Azharuddin

Can there have been a more glorious entry to Test cricket, and more humiliating exit?

Azhar announced himself with a century on his debut, in India's third against England at Calcutta in December 1984.

Just in case there were still any doubters that this gangly, buck-toothed 21-year-old possessed a rare - possibly unique - batting genius, he repeated the trick in the fourth Testů and then again in the fifth.

Even England supporters were spellbound - and they remained so as he amassed 1,278 runs against their team at 58.09, including six centuries, over his career.

The first of two hundreds on the 1990 tour was perhaps his most magical - 121 at Lord's at quicker than a run-a-ball in response to Graham Gooch's 333.

One of India's most successful captains with 14 wins, all but one at home, in 47 matches, he was however sacked in 1997 and soon after lost his place.

Reinstated as player and captain soon after, his final humiliation came when he was banned from cricket for life for his involvement in the match-fixing saga.

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 Born: 8 February 1963, Hyderabad
 Batting style: Right Hand Bat
 Bowling style: Right Arm Medium
 Tests played: 99
 Bowling: no wickets in 2.1 overs
 Batting: 6,215 runs at an average of 45.03
 Career high:
The only player to score centuries in each of his first three Tests
 Career low:
Banned from cricket for life his involvement in match-fixing
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