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Javed Khan plays despite father's death

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 4, 2012

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Jonathan Trott was dismissed for 28, Mumbai A v England XI, Mumbai, 1st day, November 3, 2012
Jonathan Trott was dismissed by Javed Khan for 28 © Getty Images
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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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Posted by sachislife2310 on (November 5, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

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

Posted by anshu.s on (November 5, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by DineshKumarD on (November 5, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Indian Cricket needs courageous players like you.. Respect!

Posted by Haleos on (November 5, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

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

Posted by cricket4every on (November 5, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

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

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by Hayat22 on (November 4, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

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

Posted by 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

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 4, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

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

Posted by Dada Force on (November 4, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

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

Posted by satyanaas on (November 4, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Naresh28 on (November 4, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

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

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 4, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

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

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (November 4, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

God bless him and his family.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 4, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

be proud, is what i meant to say

Posted by 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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