In the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Kerala batsman Mohammed Azharuddeen scored an unbeaten knock of 137 in just 54 deliveries as his side beat Mumbai in their Elite E match at the Wankhede Stadium.
Azharuddeen reached the century mark in just 37 deliveries. In doing so, he became the third-fastest batsman to score a ton in the shortest format of the game. He is only outdone by Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma, both of whom hold a place in the national team.
Azharuddeen's scintillating knock of 137 comprised of 11 sixes and 9 fours in 54 balls. This is the first instance of a Kerala batsman hitting a century in Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament.
The Kerala batsman also garnered praise for his knock by the likes of Virender Sehwag, Harsha Bhogle, and many others.
Sehwag, the former India opener, took to Twitter and wrote: "Wah Azharudeen, behtareen! To score like that against Mumbai was some effort. 137* of 54 and finishing the job on hand. Enjoyed this innings."
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Azharuddeen will also be rewarded by the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) for his performance. The young batsman will receive a total sum of Rs 1,37,000.
"Its a great moment for Kerala cricket. We have acknowledged the stellar performance of Mohammed Azharuddeen and we decided to immediately gift him an amount of 1,37,000 at a rate of 1000 rupees per run for his 137 not out," Sreejith V Nair, KCA secretary told IANS.
"Former BCCI secretary, SK Nair, former MP Panniyan Raveendran and others have also praised our deed," he added.