Kirtivardhan Bhagwat Jha Azad
(born January 2, 1959, Purnea
) is a former Indian cricketer
who played in seven Tests
and 25 ODIs
from 1980 to 1986. He attended Modern School in Delhi where he was part of the school cricket team. The highlight of his career was being part of the Indian team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup
. His performance as a bowler was a key factor when India defeated England in the semi-finals.
Kirti Azad also played a memorable innings against Pakistan
in 1983 at New Delhi
, in an exhibition day/night match. Pakistan batted first and made 197 runs for 3 wickets in 50 overs with Kirti Azad taking all 3 wickets. In India's reply, Kirti scored a rapid 71 not-out and steered India to a one-wicket victory. He hit seven sixes, including three consecutive sixes off Pakistani medium pacer Jalaluddin
Kirti Azad is married to Poonam and has 2 sons.
After his playing career, Kirti briefly turned to broadcasting in English for television, but initially failed to break in, where other ex-Test cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar
, Ravi Shastri
, Arun Lal
and others had succeeded. However, in recent times, Kirti has found his niche in compéring post-match television cricket chat shows in Hindi, expressing his own opinions in a forthright and sometimes controversial manner, particularly when advocating player selections.
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