The 500th Test match is being played at Kanpur and some of the ex-captains got the pride of place and the honour for having achieved glory during their tenure as captain. BCCI invited some of the captains and the honour was given to 10 of them as per the names and details given below here: The lucky to be part of the celebration was Mohammad Azharuddin as his track record as captain was tainted and he lost his place in the side after a ban was imposed on him. Among those honoured were Sachin Tendulkar, M.S. Dhoni, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, K. Srikkanth, Sourav Ganguly, Dilip Vengsarkar, Ajit Wadekar and Mohammad Azharuddin.
Road to the glory was achieved in this order. First test played in 1932-captained by C.K.Nayudu against England at Lord’s, MAK Pataudi led the side against England at Edgbaston in 100th test, 200th Test was led by Sunil Gavaskar against Pakistan at Lahore, Sachin Tendulkar was the captain of 300th test played vs South Africa at Ahmedabad and Rahul Dravid led the side in 400th test against West Indies at Kingston, Jamanica. Now it is Virat Kohli’s turn to lead the side against New Zealand at Kanpur.
It is not cricket. Indian cricket hit a new low when Mohd. Azharuddin and others were caught fixing matches and was awarded life ban. However, the 500th test match at Kanpur saw that the indicted captain Azharuddin did get the honour as an Indian captain and that is a bad precedence set by the Cricket Board. Thus, taint is no deterrent for BCCI. After the crime of fixing matches in the year 2000 and facing a life ban, the ex-Indian captain did not deserve such a honour. Moreover, captains who achieved greater fame were neglected and did not get the honour. The act of fixing is working against the interest of the country as batsmen get out cheaply and seek favours. Now after the controversial episode that is everlasting in the minds of every cricket fan, we find Azhar is enjoying a charmed life and getting honour at the historical moment of Indian cricket. What a shame for the gentleman’s game of cricket and other deserving captains were left in the lurch. The whims and fancy of the board is coming in the open.
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