Bengaluru, May 13: Former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin was known for his style on the ground. Besides his wristy touches while batting that had enthralled the spectators, Azharuddin was known for his gangly walk and a raised collar. And not to mention, the Hyderabadi's unique fielding mannersims.
But why did the man put his collar up while playing? Young cricket-lovers found it extremely attractive and chose to imitate it. Was it a style thought out by the player himself?
But according to Azhar, who turned 53 this February, more than a fashion statement, he used to keep his collar up to guard his skin from the sun rays.
"While fielding at point, I used to have problems in my neck skin because of the exposure to the sun. Hence, I decided to raise my collar as protection and it became a habit," Azhar told Fever 104 FM radio channel on Friday (May 13) morning.
The former player, who faced a ban on charges of match-fixing and fell a match short of 100 Tests, also spoke on the reason of him using a white helmet during batting. "I had a liking for white helmet since we used it a lot during playing Tests. And since there was no compulsion of using a blue helmet, I played with a white one," he said.
Azharuddin led India in three World Cups in 1992, 1996 and 1999 but could take his team to the semi-final once.
A film on Azhar by the same name was set to release in the theatres on Friday (May 13). Emraan Hashmi was playing the former cricketer's role in it.