India news November 4, 2012

Javed Khan plays despite father's death

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

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

  • Dummy4 on November 5, 2012, 8:46 GMT

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

  • Jayaesh on November 5, 2012, 8:27 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dinesh Kumar on November 5, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Indian Cricket needs courageous players like you.. Respect!

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

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

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

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2012, 19:14 GMT

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

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