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Javed Miandad

Mohammad Javed Miandad (Urdu: محمد جاوید میانداد) (born 12 June 1957), popularly known as Javed Miandad (Urdu: جاوید میانداد), is a former Pakistani cricketer who played between 1975 and 1996. He is Pakistan's leading run scorer in Test cricket. ESPNcricinfo described him as "the greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced".[1] He has served as a captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. He is widely known for – his historic last ball big sixer against India in 1986, when 4 runs were required to win – winning an international game in that fashion for the first time.[2] After his playing career, he has remained the coach of Pakistan cricket team at various occasions, as well as held positions in the Pakistan Cricket Board. He had three coaching stints with the Pakistan national team

Early life

Javed Miandad was born on 12 June 1957 in Karachi.[4] His parents moved from Palanpur, Gujarat, India.[citation needed] Javed Miandad is a Tyagi (Muslim).[5] Cricket was his family game.[4] He had three brothers play first-class cricket in Pakistan: Anwar Miandad, Sohail Miandad and Bashir Miandad.[6][7][8] His nephew, Faisal Iqbal, is also a Test cricketer.[9]

International career

Test career

Miandad made his Test debut against New Zealand at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on 9 October 1976. He scored 163 in this match, to become the youngest player at the time to do so at an age of 19 years and 119 days.[10] In the same series he scored a double century, and on his way broke George Headley's 47-year record, to become the youngest player to achieve the feat.[11]
Pakistan first Test captain, Abdul Hafeez Kardar, when saw the young batsman during 70s, famously predicted Miandad "the find of the decade".[1] His inclusion in the Pakistan team was itself an achievement. A formidable batting line-up of Majid Khan, Sadiq Muhammad, Zaheer Abbas, Asif Iqbal, Mushtaq Muhammad and Wasim Raja was hard to break into, but Miandad's raw talent made it possible and he become an integral part of Pakistan's strong batting line.
Javed Miandad played 124 Test matches, batting in 189 innings. His aggregate of 8,832 Test runs is a Pakistani record. Even though his test career spanned 17 years, he failed to make it into the top-most category of batsmen with test aggregates of over 10,000 runs.[1][12] Miandad's 23 centuries and 43 fifties were Pakistani national records, until they were broken by Inzamam-ul-Haq. Miandad's Test career batting average of 52.57 is currently the highest for Pakistani batsmen. He scored six double centuries which is the most by a Pakistani and 6th overall. He has honour of scoring centuries in both innings in the 100th test match against New Zealand.[13] He made his highest score of 280 not out against India.Pakistan went on to win that match by an innings and 119 runs.[14]
Miandad scored a Test century in his first match against India at the Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad, in 1978.[15] With 154 not out in the match, he completed his first 1,000 Test runs at the age of 21 years and 126 days.[16] This was his 23rd innings and 14th match. He scored 2,000 Test runs in 42 innings for which he took 24 matches. He also scored centuries in the each innings of a Test match, 104 and 103 not out, against New Zealand at the Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad, in November 1984.[17] He scored six double centuries which are the most by a Pakistan batsman.[16]
In 1992, during the Pakistan tour to England, he scored 153 not out in the first Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham.[18] From then to his retirement he scored 578 runs, without scoring a century, at the average of 32.11 in 11 Tests. He made only four half-centuries during that period.[19]

One Day International career

Miandad made his One Day International debut against the West Indies at Edgbaston, Birmingham in the 1975 Cricket World Cup. Interestingly, his last ODI was also a World Cup match, and Pakistan lost the match. More, he scored 2 fours and 0 sixes and his strike rate was below 100 in both of his, first and last ODI innings.[20][21] His highest ODI score came against India at the Gaddafi Stadium in a match which Pakistan lost in 1982. He scored 119 not out off 77 balls with a strike rate of 154.54 in the match.[3][22]
Miandad is famously known for last ball six against India during the final of 1986 Austral-Asia Cup. In a great finale, the last over bowled by Chetan Sharma began with 11 runs required. Two wickets fell during the over with Pakistan needing 4 runs and India one wicket from the last ball. Miandad hit the ball, low full-toss from Sharma, for a six into the crowd.[23] Pakistan recorded their first win at a major tournament and Miandad finished his innings with 116 not out.[24][25] This is still considered as one of the most historic moments in the history of ODI cricket and he became a national hero.[3][26][27]
Javed Miandad is the first (and one of the only two, other being Sachin Tendulkar) player to have played in six World Cups, the first six, from 1975 to 1996.

Captaincy

After the retirement of Asif Iqbal following a loss of a series to India, 22 years old Miandad was made the captain of Pakistan.[28] The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) preferred him over the senior cricketers like Zaheer Abbas, Sarfraz Nawaz, Majid Khan and Wasim Bari who were still playing. He faced a little opposition but his first two series as captain, in 1981/82, included a win against Australia, and a credible 0–1 loss to the West Indies.[29][30] After a tough tour of Australia, oppostion to his captaincy gained strength, and his first captaincy period ended during the following home series against Sri Lanka.[31][32]

Coaching and commentary

As a coach, Javed Miandad guided Pakistan to test victories in the Asian Test Championship and in India during 1998–99 season, when Wasim Akram was captain. Miandad also later assisted with coaching Pakistani batsmen.[33]
Following this he was offered broadcasting and coaching positions in India.[34] Also in November 2010 it was being planned to give Miandad a role as a batting coach.[35] Miandad was again appointed as a batting consultant for the 2012 twenty20 World Cup in SriLanka

Personal life

Javed Miandad married Tahira Saigol in 1980. He has two sons and a daughter.His son Junaid Miandad is married to Mahrukh Ibrahim, daughter of Dawood Ibrahim, an Indian born underworld kingpin who currently resides in Pakistan.Miandad told the press that his son and Ibrahim's daughter met while studying together in the UK.[36] In 2011, Miandad recorded Naat for Geo TV; his "Sakoon Paya" was well received by his fans but he did not subsequently read any more Naat.[37].[3]

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