Traitor. One of the best ever. A disgrace. A talent par excellence. Strange how one man can have so many contradicting adjectives associated with oneself. But, for those who swore by these names while reacting to the Andhra Pradesh High Court verdict, Mohammad Azharuddin can actually be every one of these for them. It's only how you are looking at it.
Mohammad Azharuddin - a name that had somehow gone into the shadows in the cricketing world over the last decade. And rightly so. From the then most successful captain of the country, he suddenly stood facing charges that in simple words read 'you sold the match'.
Years turned by quickly and so did the fortunes for Indian cricket. Names like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman reassured cricket followers in this country that all wasn't lost. And quickly enough, the man who just missed his 100th Test match by the stroke of luck, or deeds, took a backseat in our thoughts.