India news November 4, 2012

Javed Khan plays despite father's death

ESPNcricinfo staff
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For most of the Mumbai A players, the first-class game against England XI is an opportunity to push for Ranji Trophy selection. For 22-year-old medium-pacer Javed Khan, however, it was more than that as he took the field on the first day. Javed's father, Mohammad Jayish Khan, had died the night before while undergoing an open-heart surgery.

Javed, who played two Ranji Trophy games for Mumbai in 2010-11 but has been ignored by the selectors since then, skipped his father's burial and decided to turn up for the game at the Dr DY Patil Stadium on Saturday. He had a fruitful day, dismissing Jonathan Trott and the centurion Jonny Bairstow. He was not required to bowl on Sunday morning.

"By 5 am, we advised him to play the match. He was crying the whole night and was in a state of shock," Javed's coach Raju Pathak told Indian Express. "But this match against England was a big opportunity for him. His father was keen to see him bowl against England. So he did what his father would have wanted him to do.

"Most of his teammates in the dressing room did not know that Javed had lost his father. And those who knew didn't want to talk about it because they thought it would affect Javed. It was very brave of him to come out and play today."

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  • sachislife2310 on November 5, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Gr8 Javed.. God bless u hope we soon see u among men in blue..

  • on November 5, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    May His soul rest in peace. May god fulfill all your wishes. Hats Off to you man.

  • anshu.s on November 5, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Deepest respect !! you are a brave man and best of luck in future .

  • on November 5, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Javeed Bhai. u have lost u r father. a very sad day in anyones life. but u have played cricket with heavy heart. best of luck for u r career. may allah give u confidence & energy to play for india.

  • DineshKumarD on November 5, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Indian Cricket needs courageous players like you.. Respect!

  • Haleos on November 5, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Good luck Javed. Hope u fulfill all your fathers dreams.

  • cricket4every on November 5, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    May His soul rest in peace..........all the best Javed

  • on November 5, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    many respect to u sir,,and may God bless your fathers soul

  • BillyBlue on November 5, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    My prayers & well wishes are with you & ur family in these trying times Javed. You have shown real character here & I sincerely wish the fortunes favors a brave young man like you. Team India can definitely go a long ways with a good fast bowler & performances like this.

  • on November 4, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Really brave young man. My heart goes out to him and his family. Do well in life.

  • sachislife2310 on November 5, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Gr8 Javed.. God bless u hope we soon see u among men in blue..

  • on November 5, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    May His soul rest in peace. May god fulfill all your wishes. Hats Off to you man.

  • anshu.s on November 5, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Deepest respect !! you are a brave man and best of luck in future .

  • on November 5, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Javeed Bhai. u have lost u r father. a very sad day in anyones life. but u have played cricket with heavy heart. best of luck for u r career. may allah give u confidence & energy to play for india.

  • DineshKumarD on November 5, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Indian Cricket needs courageous players like you.. Respect!

  • Haleos on November 5, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Good luck Javed. Hope u fulfill all your fathers dreams.

  • cricket4every on November 5, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    May His soul rest in peace..........all the best Javed

  • on November 5, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    many respect to u sir,,and may God bless your fathers soul

  • BillyBlue on November 5, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    My prayers & well wishes are with you & ur family in these trying times Javed. You have shown real character here & I sincerely wish the fortunes favors a brave young man like you. Team India can definitely go a long ways with a good fast bowler & performances like this.

  • on November 4, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Really brave young man. My heart goes out to him and his family. Do well in life.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on November 4, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Such a sad news to read.may the departd soul rest in peace n heaven,AMEN!

  • Johnny_129 on November 4, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Deepest condolences, Javed. May your father rest in peace and you go onto great heights in your career.

  • Nampally on November 4, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Sincere condolences, Javed. May his souls RIP. What a courageous move to play & capture 2 wkts. against all odds! That was magnificient. As usual I looked up your Bio data after I saw 2wkts. against your name - Another Zaheer in action I thought. Like Kohli who also sufferened similar calamity, Ihope you rise & play for India. All the best.

  • getsetgopk on November 4, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Doesn't get any tougher than this, these cricketers we see on the big stage in all the glitz and glamour though little do any of us know what it takes to get there, nothing but sweat tears and blood, may Allah keep the dear departed in his warmest comfort and give patience to Javed and his family. The saddest thing I've ever heard on cricinfo.

  • Hayat22 on November 4, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    My condolence to your father. May he be blessed and may you succeed.

  • mail2biswa on November 4, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Virat Kohli also lost his father while playing, I think Javed has got superb future ahead, all the best Javed

  • InsideHedge on November 4, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Good man, Javed. May your Father rest in peace.

  • on November 4, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Not many could do what u just did... Respect !!!

  • Dada Force on November 4, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    very sad..............RIP.Hope he will get bright future

  • satyanaas on November 4, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Deepest condolences , to you and your family , I hope you have a fantastic career .

  • nayonika on November 4, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Goes to show the passion and attachment to the game these boys have as also their families who want them to excel in the sport. Wish the good future. RIP Mr.Khan.

  • AbuUSA on November 4, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Javed, your father would be very proud of you for being so brave to go out and play today. He spent countless hours to support and encourage you to play cricket. It was also his dream that you play to your best potential. Put your heart and mind into the game and fulfil his dream. Best of luck to you and may his soul rest in peace.

  • on November 4, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    I hope you succeed and play for India one day Javed. Anyway, condolences to the bereaved family.

  • praveen4honestremark on November 4, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Javed khan, my deep condolences for you and your family. Put all the effort which your father want always want from you. Every minute on field give your everything.Your father's soul will RIP for sure after you "try your best and give your 100% on field". God bless you brother.

  • on November 4, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    There is a life cycle for everything and everyone on this earth. Javed's father may have passed away but he left behind a brave son, who if talent and destiny permits, will represent India one day and make everyone proud. All the best.

  • Vilander on November 4, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Never heard of something like this, must have been so tough. I think he did what he thought would please his Father,may he RIP.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 4, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    My hearty condolences and respects to him and his family at this most unforgiving time. I think it's safe to say his dad would be proud of him. Sometimes ordinary people can do extra-ordinary things and Javed has proved that. What an inspirational story !! God bless.

  • ultrasnow on November 4, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    I don't know who this lad is but sure every dad would be proud to have a son like him. RIP.

  • on November 4, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    really sorry for ur dad u got big heart javed your commitment shows with the game that one day you will play for India & full fill ur loving father dream.

  • Naresh28 on November 4, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Deepest sympathies. Your father would be proud have been proud of your commitment.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on November 4, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    My Deepest condolences for you javed khan:-(....heart broken news..

  • A_Vacant_Slip on November 4, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Well played Javed - you have massive heart. My condolence.

  • on November 4, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    gutsy boy, father has got a brave boy....I hope that his sacrifice pays him rich dividends in future....playing for India should be one of them

  • on November 4, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    God bless him and his family.

  • onlinegamer55 on November 4, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    That's very sad to hear. Virat Kohli also played in similar circumstances and scored a century (or so I've heard). It would have been very tough on him and shows he's got the steel and resolve to become an outstanding cricketer. Good luck to him.

  • Rahul_78 on November 4, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Well done Javed. You are such a brave man. If this is what your father wanted you certainly have done him proud!

  • Bikashkumarjena9937039837 on November 4, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    sory for dt, but we r proud of u javed. try to the best, u will get ur best.

  • jonesy2 on November 4, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    be proud, is what i meant to say

  • jonesy2 on November 4, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    wow. what can you say. could not command any more respect. his father would ne proud no doubt

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  • jonesy2 on November 4, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    wow. what can you say. could not command any more respect. his father would ne proud no doubt

  • jonesy2 on November 4, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    be proud, is what i meant to say

  • Bikashkumarjena9937039837 on November 4, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    sory for dt, but we r proud of u javed. try to the best, u will get ur best.

  • Rahul_78 on November 4, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Well done Javed. You are such a brave man. If this is what your father wanted you certainly have done him proud!

  • onlinegamer55 on November 4, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    That's very sad to hear. Virat Kohli also played in similar circumstances and scored a century (or so I've heard). It would have been very tough on him and shows he's got the steel and resolve to become an outstanding cricketer. Good luck to him.

  • on November 4, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    God bless him and his family.

  • on November 4, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    gutsy boy, father has got a brave boy....I hope that his sacrifice pays him rich dividends in future....playing for India should be one of them

  • A_Vacant_Slip on November 4, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Well played Javed - you have massive heart. My condolence.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on November 4, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    My Deepest condolences for you javed khan:-(....heart broken news..

  • Naresh28 on November 4, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Deepest sympathies. Your father would be proud have been proud of your commitment.