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Azhar Pass On The Baton

Azharuddin's played out his innings as captain. And as Indian cricket flounders, it's time he made way for Tendulkar.

Azhar Pass On The Baton
Azhar Pass On The Baton
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AROUND lunch time on the final day of the Lord's Test last fortnight, after Graeme Hick snicked a snorter from Venkatesh Prasad, success-starved India were in sight of meat. Six England batsmen were gone with next to nothing on the board. Jack Russell was pottering around. Javagal Srinath was hurling fire. Even the pessimists were beginning to agree: an attacking field, a little more pressure, quick bowling changes, and the tourists could romp home. And, at the Mecca of Cricket, Mohammed Azharuddin would probably get a fresh lease of life as captain.

But the Indians' self-esteem, after having lost the one-day series, the first Test at Edgbaston and a match against Derbyshire, was so low, and the satisfaction of obtaining a skimpy 85-run lead and pushing the hosts on the defensive for the first time so high that they were glad to snatch a draw from the jaws of victory. And a grand opportunity to square the series and secure only the 12th win abroad in India's 64-year cricket history was lost. And Azhar's angry claim before the World...

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