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Kerala opening batsman Mohammad Azharudden for the 2021 season of Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy quickly became a national sensation after his unbelievable 137-run knock off just 54 deliveries to lead Kerala to victory over the mighty Mumbai squad at Wankhede stadium on Wednesday. in 37 balls! Sensational stuff this is from Mohammed Azharuddeen. What a knock this has been from the Kerala opener! #KERvMUM #SyedMushtaqAliT20 Follow the match https://t.co/V6H1Yp60Vs pic.twitter.com/Nrh88uOOFU — BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 13, 2021 Achieving a wondrous feat of scoring a century in just 37 balls, Azharuddeen remained unbeaten during his innings and led the team from the front to their second consecutive win of the season. The 11 sixes he smashed during his stint in the middle also allowed him to register a record for the third-fastest 100 in a 20-over match by an Indian batsman. Who Is Mohammad Azharudden? © Twitter/BCCI Born in Thalangara, Kasaragod in 1994, he was supposed to be known by a different name but it was his elder brother Kamarudden who named him after his cricketing idol Mohammad Azharuddin. Making his first class debut for Kerala against Goa in 2015, the righty batsman has 22 first class matches under his belt during which he has scored a total of 959 runs with an average of 25. He has played in 21 T20s during his promising career so far and has amassed 404 runs, including his blistering knock against Mumbai. Wrinkles In His Career?Average of few Kerala batsmen in this #RanjiTrophy: Vishnu Vinod - 14.69 Saxena - 12.92 Azharuddeen - 19 Rohan Prem - 16.33 — Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 7, 2020 While performing well in the U19 and U23 circuits enabled him to get to the top of Kerala cricket, his batting in domestic circuit until 2020 and in the shortest format of the game sans the Wankhede performance has been ‘average’ at best. Removing his 137-run knock from his record makes his batting average in 20 T20 that of just 13.35, which is where Azharuddeen faces some criticism. However, the win against Mumbai is any sign of things to come, the 26-year-old is looking like a great IPL prospect from the state. Credit To Kerala Cricket AssociationTheir are great talents in Kerala Cricket Sreesanth Sanju Samson Sachin Baby Baasil Thampi Mohammed Azharuddeen......... KM Asif And lots more .... — Sachin Joseph Antony (@Sachin048) January 13, 2021 Over the years, Kerala has quickly become one of the most promising lands to contribute towards the talent pool of Indian cricket. While Tinu Yohannan, son of former Indian athlete T.C. Yohannan, was the first ever cricketer from the state to represent Team India, it was S Sreesanth who pioneered into national and international fame from Kerala. Ever since, the mantle of state representation in the national team has been held by Sanju Samson, who, albeit had to wait for an exorbitant amount of time to become a regular member of India’s T20I squad, seems to have finally made the cut in the recent years. Now, yet the Kerala Cricket Association seems to have developed yet another star in the making in Azharuddeen, someone potentially worthy of the Indian kit in a couple of years. Getting RecognisedEvery athlete needs that one match to ascend towards greatest fame and recognition in their career and for Azharuddeen, it was his dominance in Mumbai. Ever since his incredible innings, some of the biggest names of the Indian cricket fraternity have showered him with appreciation. Wah Azharudeen , behtareen ! To score like that against Mumbai was some effort. 137* of 54 and finishing the job on hand. Enjoyed this innings.#SyedMushtaqAliT20 pic.twitter.com/VrQk5v8PPB — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 13, 2021What a story. A player named after one Indian cricketer, Azhar, is joined by a player named after another Indian legend, Sachin, to deliver an 8 wicket win for Kerala against the most successful domestic side ever, Mumbai, in the Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament! pic.twitter.com/QQjViQbo1K — Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) January 13, 2021 View the full article
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds a document as he speaks during a meeting with ministers in Caracas, Venezuela. January 30, 2018. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS AUSTIN: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday raised the prospect that the Venezuelan military could decide to oust President Nicolas Maduro but said he did not know whether that would happen. In a speech at the University of Texas ahead of five-nation Latin America tour, Tillerson insisted the Trump administration was not advocating ?regime change? in Venezuela but said it would be ?easiest? if Maduro chose to leave power on his own. Tillerson predicted there would be change of some kind in Venezuela and said the US, which has had steadily worsening relations with the country?s Socialist government, wanted it to be a peaceful one. Maduro, whose approval ratings are low amid a collapsing economy, runaway inflation and rising malnutrition in the oil-producing country, is seeking re-election in a vote that must be held by the end of April. ?We have not advocated for regime change or removal of President Maduro. We have advocated that they return to the constitution,? Tillerson said when asked during a question-and-answer session whether the removal of Maduro was necessary or the US would play a role in it. However, he then suggested the possibility that internal forces might take action, though he offered no evidence the US had intelligence backing the notion that the military might turn against Maduro. ?In the history of Venezuela and in fact the history in other Latin America and South American countries, often times, it is the military that handles that,? Tillerson said. ?When things are so bad that the military leadership realizes that it just can?t serve the citizens anymore, they will manage a peaceful transition,? he said. But he added that, ?Whether that will be the case here or not, I do not know.? The US and other Western governments accuse as Maduro?s government of violating political and human rights in Venezuela and have imposed economic sanctions. Critics at home say Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Chavez in 2013, has wrecked the economy and skewed the election system to perpetuate power for his Socialist Party. Maduro?s government, which is allied with Cuba?s Communist leadership, says it is fighting a US-led right-wing conspiracy determined to end socialism in Latin America, hobble Venezuela?s economy, and steal its oil wealth. The Venezuelan government did not respond immediately to a request for comment. ?Maduro should get back to his constitution and follow it,? Tillerson said. ?And then, if he is not re-elected by the people, so be it.? ?Then, if the kitchen gets a little too hot for him, I am sure that he got some friends over in Cuba that could give him a nice hacienda on the beach and he could have a nice life over there.?
MADRID: Barcelona and its members would have to decide which soccer league to play in if Catalonia gained independence from Spain, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Monday. The Catalan club played behind closed doors at the Nou Camp on Sunday, beating Las Palmas 3-0 in La Liga, as a protest against Spain using force to prevent voters taking part in a banned referendum to decide the region?s fate. More than 840 people needed medical attention after riot police clashed with some of those attempting to participate in the controversial vote on secession, which the Spanish government had ruled illegal. ?In the case of independence, the club and the members would have to decide in which league we would play,? Bartomeu told reporters after a board meeting. ?We are going through difficult and complicated moments and with respect to what could happen in the future we will take it on with calm and wisdom.? Catalan sports minister Gerard Figueras last week said Barcelona may be able to play in another country should the region achieve independence from Spain. ?In the case of independence, Catalan teams in La Liga ? Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona ? will have to decide where they want to play: in the Spanish league or a neighbouring country like Italy, France or the (English) Premier League,? he said. VP RESIGNS Bartomeu also said he had accepted the resignations of Barcelona vice-president Carles Vilarrubi and director Jordi Mones, who opposed the decision to play behind closed doors. ?Today the board has accepted the resignation of vice-president Carles Vilarrubi and Barca Innovation Hub chief Jordi Mones,? he said. ?We thank both of them for their dedication during all their years of service to the club.? Bartomeu said choosing to play without fans was one of the hardest decisions he has had to make as the club?s president, since taking over from Sandro Rosell in January 2014. ?We perfectly understand that many of our members and fans would have preferred the option of calling off the match,? said Bartomeu. ?That is why I must say that this was one of the most difficult decisions that I have ever had to make as Barca president. ?We very seriously considered the option of postponing the game, but we could not get the Professional Football League (LFP) to approve our request,? he added referring to the national body that runs La Liga. ?Having reached that point, I decided to play behind closed doors because we believed that the image of a football match being played in a completely empty Camp Nou would have been a responsible action and a way of showing how we utterly reject the exceptional and inadmissible situation going on around Catalonia.? Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona all announced on Monday that they would be joining a region-wide general strike in Catalonia on Tuesday, Oct. 3 following the weekend?s events.