Those who saw this supreme batting artist at his peak will never forget him - sinewy wrists transforming a slender piece of willow into a magician's wand. He announced his arrival, against England in 1984-85, with three hundreds in his first three Tests. As captain, Azhar enjoyed tremendous success on made-to-order home pitches. He captained India for a decade but his career was marred after he was banned on match-fixing allegations. He appealed against the life ban and recently the Andhra Pradesh High Court lifted the life ban on him. He made his foray into politics by joining the Congress party in 2009 and is now an MP.