5 records Mohammed Azharuddeen broke during his 54-ball 137* in SMAT 2021

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Mohammed Azharuddeen and Sreesanth SMAT
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Mohammed Azharuddeen won the cricket fans’ hearts with his incredible inning of 137 runs against Mumbai in the 2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Veteran Indian players Virender Sehwag and Suresh Raina praised the Kerala opener for his phenomenal performance. Even the IPL franchises would have taken note of his top-class performance.

Mohammed Azharuddeen shattered many records during his swashbuckling inning. He broke the records created by legendary players like Sanath Jayasuriya. In this article, we will have a look at all five records Mohammed Azharuddeen shattered during his knock on Wednesday (January 13).

5. Fastest T20 hundred at the Wankhede Stadium

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The match between Kerala and Mumbai happened at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The venue has hosted many big matches in the past, including the final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya owned the record for the fastest century on this ground.

Jayasuriya accomplished that feat during an IPL 2008 fixture between the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings. He hit a hundred off 45 deliveries then. Mohammed Azharuddeen brought up his maiden T20 century in 37 balls.

4. Fastest hundred by a right-handed batsman in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

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The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is the premier T20 domestic event in India. Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant holds the record for the quickest century in this tournament. Pant had slammed a 100 off 32 balls for the Delhi cricket team in a match against Himachal Pradesh.

The record for the fastest T20 hundred by a right-handed batsman in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy was in Shreyas Iyer’s name. Iyer had scored a century off 38 deliveries against Sikkim in 2019. However, Mohammed Azharuddeen has bettered it now.

3. Highest score by a batsman for Kerala in domestic T20s

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The Kerala cricket team features some big names of Indian cricket like Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, and Sachin Baby. Still, none of the batsmen could record a century for the Kerala team in T20 cricket.

Mohammed Azharuddeen broke Rohan Prem’s record for the highest individual score by a batsman for Kerala in T20 cricket. Prem had scored 92 runs against Delhi in 2013.

2. Fastest T20 century in a winning cause in Mumbai

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Along with Sanath Jayasuriya, Mohammed Azharuddeen also shattered legendary Adam Gilchrist’s record in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Mumbai. Gilchrist had scored a 42-ball century to help DC defeat MI in Mumbai during the first IPL season.

The Australian wicket-keeper held the record for the fastest T20 hundred in a winning cause in Mumbai. But, that record has a new owner now, Kerala’s Mohammed Azharuddeen.

1. Most sixes by an Indian in a T20 innings in Mumbai

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Sanath Jayasuriya and Chris Gayle have struck 11 sixes in a T20 match hosted by Mumbai. Kieron Pollard had once struck ten sixes in a match against KXIP in Mumbai.

However, no Indian batsman could accomplish the feat of smashing 11 maximums in a T20 knock. Mohammed Azharuddeen became the first Indian batsman to hit 11 maximums in a single inning in Mumbai last night. The Kerala batsman also hit nine fours to entertain the fans at home.

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