Javed Miandad: A batsman with a class of his own
Today marks the 58 birth anniversary of Pakistan’s one of the greatest cricketer Javed Miandad.
Javed Miandad was born on 12th June, 1957 in Karachi. His contribution for Pakistan cricket will never be forgotten.
Miandad arrived at the national cricket scene during a one day game of Pakistan against West Indies on June 11th, 1975, in which he made 24 runs. He made an impact when he scored 163 runs against New Zealand in his first ever test match, which the green shirts won by six wickets.
The right handed batsman scored 8832 runs in 124 test matches with the highest score of 280 not out while he also scored 7381 runs in 233 one day games with 119 not out being his highest score.
Perhaps Miandad’s greatest achievement is his memorable last-ball six against India in the final of Australasia Cup in 1986.
Pakistan required four runs of the final ball to win the tournament. India’s Chetan Sharma bowled a full toss and the ball was sent out of the stadium by Miandad.
Miandad , in his autobiography Cutting Edge: My Autobiography, writes about the moment:
“It was going to be a slog. I was not out on 110 from 113 deliveries and was seeing the ball extremely well. I had confidence that if the ball came on to the bat, it would reach the boundary. I surveyed the field again. I knew exactly where every fielder was, but still I took another look around, counting off the fielders one by one. Nothing was going to be left to chance. I took my time, calmed my nerves, settled into my stance, and said a prayer.
Poor Chetan Sharma. They say he did try for a yorker, but the ball slipped out of his hand. Or perhaps it was the fact that I was standing well forward of the batting crease that threw him off his length. Whatever the mysterious origins of that last delivery, it ended up being the perfect ball for me and for Pakistan – a full-toss at the right height, slightly towards leg, all I had to do was take a swing and it sailed out of the ground.
After that, it was pandemonium. We had won, Pakistan had won, Tauseef had won, I had won. What a match! It is one of the best memories of my life.”
The batsman also played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup win. He became the second-highest scorer of the tournament with 437 runs which included five half-centuries.
He also became the first cricketer to represent his country in six World Cups and is the highest test scorer for Pakistan.
Miandad also served as the coach for Pakistan team many times and won the Asian Test Championship in the 90s along with Sharjah trophies multiple times.
Pakistan, undoubtedly, has produced countless amazing batsmen but Javed Miandad’s achievement and contributions puts him in a class of his own.