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The Miandad effect

Kamran Abbasi
Javed Miandad batting, 1992
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As Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Yousuf built their unhurried partnership on Saturday, my mind went back to Javed Miandad sneaking singles at will during the middle overs. It is a discipline that he mastered and executed consistently as Pakistan built their reputation in one-day cricket in the 1980s and early 1990s. Now Mohammad Yousuf perfectly played the Miandad role in Pakistan's victory, and proved his critics wrong - including me - in the process.

Miandad's success was not simply down to his brilliance in the role. For his early career he was a dasher capable of throwing away his wicket with the adrenaline rush of over confidence. In later years, he banished recklessness from his repertoire. Moreover, he played the pivotal innings for Pakistan with the regularity of a metronome. One major effect of a Miandad innings was that he would urge the best from his partners, coaching them throughout their stay in the middle. He also did his best to upset the opposition.

Yousuf has the technique to fulfil this role for today's Pakistan. But upto now he has failed to deliver consistently when it has mattered. His match-winning partnership with Malik offers a glimpse of what he might be able to offer in this post-ICL stage of his career. If he can consistently make a difference in this way, allow others to play around him while he rotates the strike, he will turn his sharpest critics in his favour.

Pakistan have a beautifully balanced bowling attack that will make them competitive in almost any encounter. When the senior batsmen perform as they did against India, Younis Khan's dreams of lifting trophies become much more real.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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Posted by M. Ali on (October 3, 2009, 5:48 GMT)

@ Sheraz Alam Whats wrong with umer gul and younis khan..i know umer gul threw some no balls against india but so did mohammed amir and rana naveed...i dont see you criticizing them. and i totally don't understand your hate reletionship with younis khan. what did he do wrong?

Posted by Sorcerer on (October 2, 2009, 14:03 GMT)

Bouncer rules, flat tracks abounding, stronger bats, plethora of cricket leading to bowler fatigue, lbw rule and other measures to accommodate the batsmen, apart from the utter dross Zim and Bangla bowling have tilted the game in the last decade or so heavily in favor of the bstamen. The likes of Viv and Miandad never could benefit from these luxuries and despite that averaged over 50 in that era! This makes you realise how overhyped Tendulkar is. Pedro Collins toyed with him in Windies...now just imagine what would have Holding, Roberts, Marshall, Garner and Croft done with him!!! McGrath and De villiers tormented Sachin, and to me they are not as hostile bowlers as were the fearsome Windies brigade talked about.

Miandad faced a torrential Windies attack and in his last couple of Series in WI returned with very decent returns. For consistency, nobody can touch Javed. Javed is one of the 2 cricketers ever to have averaged more than 50 right from very first Test innings all the way.

Posted by Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui on (October 1, 2009, 12:02 GMT)

Javed Miandad is something beyond the world. We cannot locate his actual value as per statistic although his statistic is also mind blowing.

At one occasion, Viv Richard said that if someone asked me that your life is only depend upon a inning of any test batsman, you will choose to whom. He simply answered one and only Miandad

He not only scored by himself but also developed big partnerships with other players so that he always gave priority to his team instead of personal achievements although scoring 8832 runs in test cricket is very difficult. Pakistan did not get the test matches properly and on time.

One more thing is that which normally people do not know that he played 11 test matches against Hadlee and lost he took his wicket only 4 times, it means Hadlee failed to take his wicket mostly times. His batting average was 80 against them.

I think Hadlee is far better bowler than McGrath so I think comparision of Tendulkar is not possible with him, Miandad is better

Posted by Nadeem Mirza on (October 1, 2009, 1:38 GMT)

Mr. Kamran, anxiosly waiting for your apologies on Yousuf. He gave you another blow by scoring highest against Aus. Miandad was one of the greatest players Pakistan has produced in the eighties. BUT Yousuf is not a slob himself. No comparison b/w the two. However, you might wanna check the following stats: Javed Miandad:

Tests 124 189 21 8832 280* 52.57 23 43 ODIs 233 218 41 7381 119* 41.70 11014 67.01 8 50

Mohammad Yousuf: Tests 82 140 12 7023 223 54.86 13305 52.78 24 29 ODIs 275 260 40 9450 141* 42.95 12531 75.41 15 63 * Yousuf's avg and SR is better than Miandad in both format. The above stats clearly shows that Yousuf is in the same league as Miandad. Mr. Kamran you would have been hanged had you call for his head, right? Miandad was a street smart and knew how to play psychological games. He was captaincy stuff, unfortunately not utilized because of the dirty poltics. Yousuf is very humble but stats clearly shows he belongs. So say sorry! or prove me wrong.

Posted by Junaid on (October 1, 2009, 0:33 GMT)

Kamran, After your completely wrong analysis in last article you should have come back with an apology to great M Yousaf. But more than that I am surprised that you have not appreciated Malik at all. You are the first one to blame Malik, yousaf and misbah but now you trying to turn every ones attention to what miandad used to do in 80s.

Posted by Zeeshan Ahmed on (September 30, 2009, 23:43 GMT)

Miandad average was always more than 50 which is not the case of others. Herbert Suctliff proved it but unable to score single double ton in test. Miandad scored six double tons. How can we compare him with others in term of consistency.

As far as comparison of him with Miandad is concerned, I think please compare him with Lara and Ponting.

Some one said Lara lost his wicket 15 times against Mc Grath but he played 24 test matches against him.

Tendulkar played 9 test matches against him and against Warne 12 as compare to Lara 20 test matches against Warne. It means he faced weaker bowling attack of Australia mostly as compare to him although he is also excellent against them.

I think he is no. 2 after Lara and Ponting no. 3. Lara defined all types of centuries with highest one 501 in first class Tendulkar unable to score even 250 runs in one inning in first class.

Compare Master piece innings of Lara with him like his 400, 375, 277, 226 + 130 in same test and few others too.

Posted by Sal Ahmed on (September 30, 2009, 21:04 GMT)

The loss to the Aussies shows just how much we miss Imran Nazir. He will never be the most technically correct batter out there but he can give the team a quick start which builds momentum and puts the opposition on the defensive. He is a must for the semis. My team for semis would be Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousef, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Rana Naveed, Mohammad Amer, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul. Asif did well but needs to take his time building up match fitness and speed. In a few games he should replace Rana but not for the Champions trophy.

Posted by M. Faruk on (September 30, 2009, 20:05 GMT)

This blog caught my eyes because I was great fan of Javed Miandad and as time is passing new cricket fans are forgetting the innovation and style he brought in this game from late 70s to early 90s. Through cricinfo, I just want cricket fans to remember some of the records this great cricketer holds:

1- Most fifties in consecutive innings in ODI (9 Fifties) 2- Played highest number of world cups (6) 3- Most runs in Test Cricket among players of Pakistan (8832 runs) 4- Most Double Centuries in Test Cricket among players of Pakistan (6 Double hundreds)

In my opinion first two records are very difficult to break, specially second record of playing 6 world cups, is even difficult to match.

Posted by Sorcerer on (September 30, 2009, 16:31 GMT)

Miandad's memorable six off the last ball to clinch the inaugural Australasia Cup '86 had a massively demoralising impact on the Indians who stayed in that stunned spell and Pak's domination for the next 17-odd years, as it took them victory in '03 WC final to step out of Pak's long shadows over their cricketers. In any case Australia vanquished India's hoped in the '03 WC final. Miandad was a fighter all the way and commanded absolute respect from some of his legendary contemporaries like Lloyd and Viv. His absolute antagonism of India on the cricket field was so obvious to see and he was the one who got onto Indian nerves ever so often and hurt like a thorn in the flesh. The way he handled and ridiculed Kiran More in the '92 WC match left commentators including Ian Chappell in stitches. Javed never was in awe of any opposition player - make no mistake about it, and rightly admoinished Shakoor Rana too not to tender a mutual apology to Gatting as the latter was the one out of order.

Posted by Saleem Sabir on (September 29, 2009, 20:21 GMT)

The Way Indian Team is Playing i have a feeling that there Players are not interested in playing in tournaments where big money in not invloved.... the same players were superb in IPL but failed to qulaify in T20 world cup as a team..history repeating itself Tomorrow India will be Out of the tournament and next weeek you will see them all in top notch form playing in Champions League...! Shabaash India.....!

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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