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'Any sphere of life you put Miandad in, he has to come out first'

Interview by Subash Jayaraman

Pakistan cricket writer Saad Shafqat talks about how he came to co-write Javed Miandad's autobiography, Miandad's origins, his competitiveness, and his relationship with Imran Khan

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Posted by harshthakor on (June 5, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

Pakistan has had more elegant batsman like Zaheer Abbas or Majid Khan ,more technically correct batsman like Hanif Mohammad and greater stroke players or match-winners like Inzamam Ul -Haq but none have equalled Miandad's consistency or temperament in a crisis.Javed was one of the best bad wicket batsman of all time. Combining test and one day cricket Miandad would seal a place amongst the top 10 batsman of all time.He was a genius in run -chases and brilliantly organized his strokes in accordance of the situation.At his best in 1997-1989 when he mastered tracks and bowling attacks in England and in the Carribean.In the modern era I would have backed Javed to overshadow Sachin Tendulkar in a crisis.Above all Javed was classical example of how the game was played in the mind.

Posted by harshthakor on (June 5, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

Javed Miandad was the ultimate batsman in a crisis,when the chips were down.He often retrieved a sinking ship.with the nerves of a military commander.In the most difficult situations he displayed the coolness of an iceberg.He superbly blended defence with agression and was master in one day international run chases with his clinical improvisation.It was a sight seeing Javed manipulate impregnable fields with his charasterictic pugnacity.Javed posessed certain strokes of his own creation.

Overall,amongst the top dozen batsman of all time.Though Javed was not as talented as Viv Richards or Greg Chappell he would overshadow them in a crisis.In the modern age Rahul Dravid was Javed's replica.In his era Miandad was neck to neck with Alan Border .Although Border has a better test record opponents prized Javed's wicket more.Above all Javed was the 1st batsman to topple Viv Richards from his pedestal at the top in 1989.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

Javed Miandad is Pakistan`s best Test batsman. He holds the record for the youngest Test Double Centurion at 19. The other greats to round off the Top Ten would be Hobbs, Bradman, Hammond, Richards, Tendulkar, Ponting, Lara, Sehwag and Sangakara.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

I think Javed is genius.He has cricket in his blood.He used to practice with great of cricket. He is good reader of opposing players. He used to advise bowler how to bowl on batsman playing. He has so smart to pick weakness and strength of opposing batsman a nd accordingly give advice bowler. As batsman he has the ability to figure out the strength of opposing bowler and adjust himself accordingly. That is the reason it is difficult to get him out. He used to take time to settle before he start scoring. He used to read behavior of wicket and how the opposing bowler using that wicket. He is bold and even do not afraid to advise captain about field placing. One thing which is unique in him is he used to play ground

Posted by Umms on (June 4, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

JM played his cricket with passion and spirit. He was the master in observing the game plan and the opposing team. His last ball six ruled India for over good 10 years. The impact of him being in the middle on the Indian teams is huge, just like Lille on England. It is sad because of his unusual style of cricket, he was not given his due credit. He used to play reverse sweep, tucked the faster men around the corner and invent strokes which are being played everyday. In his playing days he was right at the top with , Border,Viv and Sunny. His back injury cost him but despite that he played great innings. He was a cunny character on the field and a master eye for talent. He played a major role in selecting Wasim Akram for his first tour. At the non-strikers end, he used to change grips to guide the striker what sort of ball is coming and the ability of staying at the wicket with magic wrists is a nightmare for any team.

Posted by pakcricketfan2013 on (June 4, 2013, 1:06 GMT)

I am a big fan of Javed Miandad. He was definitely the BEST BATSMAN OF PAKISTAN CRICKET EVER PRODUCED. Imran was a good bowler and excellent leader but not comparable with Javed, as Wasim and Waqar superseded him in bowling. I don't know how is as a person but as a cricketer he was the heart and soul of Pakistan cricket in his time. He had issues with imran but he and imran both did not make it an hurdle in the grounds, always produced best results. I used to call Javed as "JADOO Miandad" (Meaning of Jadoo is Magic in Urdu) for his batting. As soon as he used to come to the crease, Pakistan cricket used be bright and ready for the victory. Jadoo Miandad ... we all love you!

Posted by   on (June 3, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

one of the legend cricketer of Pakistan he do poses three short things 1. height ; which is actually works in its favor 2. storks ; again working in the favor so that he can bat long 3. temper ;that thing always made his image fade in the eyes of gentle man games fan

Posted by CricketChat on (June 3, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

To me Javed is the epitome of never-say-die spirit that all true fans of any sport look for in sportsmen. It is fair to say that Pak batting revolved around him for more than a decade starting late 70s. He provided that competitive edge to the team in more ways than just batting alone. His is the prize wicket for any opposing team, much like, Gavaskar for India/Border for Aus. But for less than stellar performances against the mighty WIs in the 80s, he would have been recognized as one of the top 10 cricketers of all time. I remember that great Viv Richards once said he would have Javed bat for his life! Coming from Viv, that sums up Javed as a batsman.

Posted by   on (June 3, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

He was a Cricketer, and still is, where one doesn't need to use superlatives, adjectives, or anything. It appears, he had disagreements with opposing teams, because he used to ask many questions when his team was playing, internationally, and in domestic Cricket. They didn't like it, and because he felt they weren't very honest, not expressing it, he tried to talk to the opposing team, which they appreciated for themselves, in trepidation.

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Subash Jayaraman
Subash's introduction to cricket began with enduring sledging from his brothers during their many backyard cricket sessions. His fascination with the game took hold in 1983, but mostly it was the cricket commentary over All India Radio, about the water-tight front-foot defence of Gavaskar that did it. @thecricketcouch

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