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'A bit like a tap dancer'

Part five: Martin Crowe on Javed Miandad's footwork and busy approach (05:24)

July 2, 2014

Posted by   on (July 7, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

Martin Crowe is very gracious. He single handedly carried New Zealand batting for years. the 1992 world cup was dominated by his batting which bordered on the incredible. Like Martin Crowe, Miandad never wasted a ball.

Posted by rizwan1981 on (July 4, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

Javed was good but not as great as the second best of them all , SUNL GAVASKAR ( Bradman the numro uno by a fir distance ) - Even Imran Khan rated the 96 in a dustbowl scored by Sunny in his last innings as the greatest knock he has seen . Its always much more difficult to score as an opener than batting at # 4 , the position occupied by Javed , Richards , Tendulkar , Sangakkara and other modern greats .

Javed along with Mahela Jayawarena and Dougas Jardine are probably the best tacticians the games has seen .

Posted by   on (July 3, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

In a lot of peoples eyes - THE most talented player to ever come from the sub-continent. The greatest batsman of his era ... there, I said it! No one has ever entertained the way he did .. with shear control!

Watching Miandad bat was like watching a General strategically placing his enemies troops around the battlefield, then taking advantage of their placement when needed!

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (July 3, 2014, 0:51 GMT)

Miandad was an OK player. That statement it self is disrespect to Maverick. Miandad is by far the greatest Pakistan has ever produced. Yes there are Inzi, Yousaf, Anwar, Haneef , Zaheer , Younas but Miandad was Genius, he was FOX and clever enough to make WI team sweat.

All these modern days ODI geniuses like Bevan, Hussey, AB deviliers, Dhoni all try to mimic Miandad and Viv Richards and Sachin. He was ODI all time great batsman and his WC 92 batting performance is a master class effort to show the current batsmen how to WIN WC.

Posted by kentjones on (July 2, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

Javed Miandad was certainly a player from the top drawer. His stroke making was precise and effortless. He always kept the scoreboard ticking and the fielders on the run, with skilfull flicks and well timed nudges that went away for twos and threes and sometimes fours as well. Once well set, it was difficult to dislodge him. A master batsman indeed!

Posted by ReeceLebanOz on (July 2, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

Javed was a feisty fella wasn't he. Played like an Aussie as well. He is one player I admire from the subcontinent along with Sanga, Dravid and Anwar.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2014, 7:47 GMT)

Master tactician. Superb street fighter. Great improviser. Great to have a chat with and fun to watch with pads on.

Posted by harshthakor on (July 2, 2014, 6:30 GMT)

Javed Miandad was the ultimate champion when the chips were down,posessing nerves of steel.No batsmen of his era posessed such mental resilience as Miandad who often reminded you of a naval commander reviving a sinking ship.He may not have had the technical prowess of Sunil Gavaskar or the destructive ability of Viv Richards but in a crisis he could overshadow both of them.He was a master at improvisation which made him one of the 5 best one day International batsmen of all time.He was brilliant in organizing a run chase and finding the gap in a one day game.Watching him combat the great spin or bowlers was simply a sight to behold.

In the late 1980's Javed Miandad took over the mantle of the best batsman in the world from Viv Richards with awesome batting in England,West Indies and New Zealand.His scores away from home proved his true greatness.

Possessed a weakness of shuffling far too across the stumps which made him a leg before wicket candidate.Otherwise a master.

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