Today’s generation may not know about Kirti Azad the cricketer too well. This because Azad played for India way back in the 80s. He first played for the country in 1980, and the last time after six years of his international debut. (Also Read: Kriti Azad seeks Narendra Modi’s intervention in DDCA scam; wants to know if he was sacked for exposing corruption) Also Read - Inside Yuvraj Singh-Hazel Keech’s Rs 64 Crore Sprawling Apartment in Mumbai- See PICS
During his reign as an international cricketer, Azad played seven Test matches and 25 one-day internationals. In first-class cricket, he was a utility man, who averaged a shade under 40 with the bat and a tick over 30 with the ball. But he could not replicate those performances internationally and did not get any consistent success as a batsman or a bowler in Test or one-day international cricket. Also Read - Bhopal Cricketer Gets 5 Litres of Petrol as Award For Winning Man of The Match, Picture Is a Hit Online!
Both his sons have played for Delhi at the junior level. Azad though is best remembered as a member of the World Cup winning squad of 1983. It must be said that it is a lot due to the popularity of cricket in general that the common man remembers members of the World Cup squad even till date. Also Read - Pakistan Ready to Resolve All Outstanding Issues With India Through Dialogue, Says Imran Khan
Azad of course has stayed in the limelight after entering politics. His father, late Bhagwat Jha Azad, was Bihar’s chief minister for a short period in the late 80s. The former cricketer may remain in news for several more weeks as we have not seen the last of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) controversy. We will wait and watch.