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Azhar bids tearful farewell to Ayazuddin

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Hyderabad: “Ayaz is no more,” was the brief SMS a shattered Mohammad Azharuddin sent to his close friends on Friday, 16 Sept.,  immediately after the Apollo Hospital declared that his younger son Mohammad Ayazuddin (19) passed away at 11:51 am due to hypoxic encephalopathy, six days after his sports bike skidded on the outer ring road near Shamshabad.

Among those who rushed to the hospital were Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, coach John Manoj, Anil Mittal and Dayanand.

As crowds gathered outside, arrangements were made to take the body to Azhar’s residence at Solitarie Banjara apartments on Road No 10, Banjara Hills from the backside of the hospital.

An emotional Azharuddin stood by as relatives and well-wishers, including MIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi, made the arrangements.

There was grim silence everywhere at the hospital as well as at the gully leading to the apartments. When the body was shifted to Azhar’s residence around 3:15 pm, one could see the tragedy that befell on the former captain. Azharuddin looked lost sometimes but put up a brave face, greeting his well-wishers. After almost two hours, the final moments arrived at 4:55 pm. It was a poignant situation with father Azharuddin and brother Asaduddin lifting the body for the final journey. “It is one of the worst things that can happen to any father,” said a cricketer. And so it was. Azharuddin, who controlled his emotions, finally burst into tears as the body was placed on a DCM Toyota. A stream of visitors, including Nizamabad MP Madhu Yakshi, cricketers like Arshad Ayub, Faiyaz Baig and Kanwaljit Singh, were present to lend their support to Azhar. Some of the Hyderabad Public School students, all friends or acquaintances of Ayazuddin, too had arrived. “I just can’t see him in this state or can’t believe that he is no more. Only a few weeks back, he came with a cricket kit to practice with us at the camp,” recalled Dayanand.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2011 on page no. 17

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