7. Mohd Azharuddin 108* vs New Zealand, Baroda (1988)
The reason for the inclusion of this innings is simple: it was phenomenal. A 62 ball hundered requires a special effort, even today. Azhar did it in 1988. New Zealand, on the back of Mark Greatbatch’s 84 shot the Kiwis to 278. It was a huge target at that time and India were in a precarious situation when Azhar walked in at 4/118. He thought differently and instead of settling down, he counter attacked launching a flurry of beautiful wristy flicks at Danny Morrison and Martin Sneddon. He put on 127 with Ajay Sharma to set India on the course to an unbelievable chase. His 108 off just 65 bowlers thrilled the audience gave the audience an idea of what was to come in the future.