It has been a long journey for Mohammad Azharuddin from being the captain of the Indian cricket team to an ordinary soldier of the Congress that he formally joined on Thursday.
Azharuddin may contest the Lok Sabha polls from Hyderabad. But in a reflection of how quickly he has learnt to take a politically correct stand, the former cricketer said: “I am no longer the captain. It is for the party to decide.’’
He quickly added: “If the party thinks I am good enough to contest, I will. As of now, I don’t know anything.”
He deftly fielded questions about match-fixing allegations. “Sometimes you have to keep your eyes and ears closed. There will always be people criticising you.”
Why did he choose the Congress? “A lot of people used to call me a child of destiny. It is my destiny that has played here again. That is why I am in front of you,” he said.
He paid fulsome praise to the Congress leadership, including late Rajiv Gandhi who had called him up when he broke a cricketing record in 1985.