June 12, 2005

The eternal idol

Huw Richards
For a seven-year-old Glamorgan fan who couldn't place Pakistan on a map, Majid Khan was an exotic, romantic hero, and a cricketer of substance and style
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Majid Khan was my favourite cricketer before I ever saw him in the flesh, discovered via print, radio and mind's eye in 1967. Not, for most people, an especially memorable cricket year: India and Pakistan sent a couple of their less distinguished touring teams to England. Most people, though, were not seven years old and discovering Test cricket for the first time.

Logically, India should have caught the imagination. A team led by a one-eyed prince, with a wicketkeeper who was apparently named after his job, and a turbaned spin bowler should have excited any seven-year-old.

Instead it was Pakistan. I couldn't have found it on a map - always assuming, only 20 years on from Partition, that either school or home could have furnished one that showed it. But the "Made in Pakistan" printed on my child-size bat wielded ineffectively on beaches that summer while listening to John Arlott and radio confreres describing Hanif Mohammad batting, apparently forever, at Lord's, furnished the illusion of affinity.

Majid, identified more often than not as the son of the man whose delivery had killed a sparrow at Lord's in the 1930s, failed in the Tests. Little matter. He had already stamped himself indelibly on this mind's eye with an extraordinary innings against Glamorgan, my team, in Swansea. One hundred and forty-seven runs in 89 minutes, with 13 sixes. Not long after, it was announced that he had signed for Glamorgan.

He joined the overwhelming wave of novelty associated with 1968, the transforming year in which international greatness - Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai et al - descended upon county cricket. He was Glamorgan's best player, but favouritism is inherently subjective, springing from something that strikes a chord, not objective assessment of quality. Most Test selectors would choose David Gower rather than Derek Randall, Nathan Astle ahead of Chris Harris, Javed Miandad instead of Inzamam-ul-Haq, and Adam Gilchrist before Farokh Engineer. All are fine, engaging cricketers - but Randall, Harris, Inzamam and Engineer have struck in me some deeper nerve of affinity.

That Glamorgan team had numerous candidates for hero worship. Alan Jones and Don Shepherd, Welshmen both, were, respectively, the highest scorer and most prolific wicket-taker never to play in Tests. But Majid offered something different. Years later I interviewed American writer Robert Parker and quizzed him about the relationship between his life and that of his main character, the quixotic, literate Boston private eye Spenser: "There is a fair amount in common, but Spenser can do things that I can' t do, and nor can anybody else, because he's a romantic hero, and that's what they do."

Majid was our romantic hero. He came from a faraway country of which we knew little, and even before the incredible innings that won him his contract in 1967, had done implausible things like make his first-class debut, score a century and taking six wickets, at 15. And what small boy could not warm to a batsman who took bonus payments for exceptional performances from a grateful captain in the form of multiple ice-cream cones?

A friend who went into football journalism once said that the saddest part was the progressive disillusionment of meeting people he had idolised as players. But the flesh-and-blood Majid seen with the critical eyes of teenage years had all the magic of the imagined hero of childhood

None of our other, more local, heroes could change his name between seasons (Majid Jahangir became Khan from 1970 on) score a double-century in the Varsity match, or most importantly, an attacking 156 on a brutal wicket in the match that gave Glamorgan the championship in 1969. Tony Lewis' memoirs confirm that Majid was to Glamorgan what Adam Gilchrist was for Australia, a batting catalyst transforming his team's sense of the possible.

Romantic heroism cannot always survive the scrutiny of reality. A friend who went into football journalism once said that the saddest part was the progressive disillusionment of meeting people he had idolised as players. But the flesh-and-blood Majid seen with the critical eyes of teenage years had all the magic of the imagined hero of childhood.

Least of the joys of his 110 against Australia in Swansea in 1975 was that it came in two hours. Still more striking was the unhurried ease of his movements, and timing so uncanny that 85mph deliveries from Max Walker and Alan Hurst would be despatched firmly to the boundary without the contact of bat and ball making any sound. What might Wilfred Rhodes, famously capable of following cricket by sound alone, have made of Majid in this form? Greg Chappell, chasing the fastest double-hundred of all time when dismissed for 144 the following day (that Clive Lloyd broke the record at Swansea a year later says all you need to know about Glamorgan's mid-1970s bowling), seemed by comparison prosaic.

Nor was Majid just a man for good days and easy wickets. Bishan Bedi reckoned him the best bad-wicket player in the world, an instinctive master of the turning ball. Dennis Lillee tried (not, it would seem, on aesthetic grounds) but failed to knock off the floppy hat that was Majid's sole concession to inelegance.

A personal memory is of Majid batting against Geoff Arnold, Mike Hendrick, and Chris Old - an England attack that might have been designed for the conditions - at Headingley in 1974. For once, he did not make it look easy. Not much was timed. But as Sadiq and Mushtaq Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas and Asif Iqbal mustered only 96 between them (Dennis Amiss, John Edrich and Keith Fletcher totalled 33 the following day), a four-hour vigil produced the highest score of the match, 75, and a comfortable first-innings lead for Pakistan.

Majid was a cricketer of substance as well as style, an imagined hero who turned out well in reality. Rob Steen was right when he decried the unthinking retention of heroes of childhood, but having thought about this one, I see less reason than ever to discard him.

Huw Richards is cricket correspondent of the International Herald Tribune. This article was first published in Wisden Asia Cricket magazine in 2005

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  • POSTED BY gallant_cricketer on | June 15, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    In the Pakistan dressing room, "Majid Bhai" was there by default to take on the new ball fire from Lillee, Thomson, Roberts, Holding, Croft, Garner and Willis, so that the superstars coming down the order could do comfortable batting. "Majid Bhai" would just come out and hook, cut and cover drive these pacemen as if they were a bunch of club bowlers. And if he nicked the ball, he would walk off even if the score was 47 or 48, smiling as if the kids had received enough beating. At the tender age of 64, Majid is as elegant and as full of substance as he was in his playing days. PhD student Annual Review:

  • POSTED BY Toescrusher on | June 15, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    English conditions, lush green out field, spectators calm and observing. Bob Willis running in on his foot marks with his long curve bowling run up and his golden curly hair limping. Camera slowly zooming in towards the batsman as Willis is approaching the bowling crease. Majid at the batting crease with the most beautiful stance, most elegant white out fit only his face above is exposed with a smile and the green cap on with the golden star on top; as he faced the ball he most effortlessly offers his beautiful patent short 'Mighty Cut' the ball traveled towards point and rolls over the rope. The English spectators broke their silence and claps in unisons very elegantly; can any sports in the world match this level of elegance? One can only say it is nothing but a great piece of Art or one can argue "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" take your pick but I think, this beauty is only belongs to the great game of cricket and certainly Majid has added a true charming glamour to it.

  • POSTED BY gallant_cricketer on | June 15, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Majid was the best batsman of pace bowling from Pakistan, ever. In his career, Majid batted at all 11 positions in the batting order, always responding to the team's need, not worrying about his statistics, and shielding other batsmen from some of the fearsome bowlers. As an opener he gave a solid foundation to the Pakistani batting for good 7-8 years, often smashing the best fast bowlers in the early overs to give relief to the lower batting order. A totally selfless player who could have scored much more runs if he wanted to. No such class can be found in current Pakistani players anymore.

    And it is a shame that cricinfo did not include him in their all time Pakistan XI -- it just shows the knowledge of some of the current cricket journalists. What do they know about cricket?

  • POSTED BY straight6 on | June 15, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    (Part 2) Majid was on the next table, he appeared very relaxed holding on to his refreshment and quietly enjoying away his evening like a true professional. Majid appeared a lot mellow and a gentle person, a person who would sink in with the evening after a hard days play! Majid incidently was playing in the forth-coming third Test at Headingley, and probably was keeping a little reserved and trying to concentrate a little on his next assignment as he was a little short of runs on tour, the best was 88 against his old County Glamorgan. When the team got up from their table after the meal, Imran called Majid and introduced me and my brother to him who met us both with delight and started to ask us about our studies. It was a great sight to see Imran and Majid together. Imran respected Majid like an elder brother and you could sense that from the way he called upon Majid and the way he spoke to him that particlar time. Majid will always remain in our hearts as a true Legend!

  • POSTED BY straight6 on | June 15, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    (Part 1) I was very fortunate to have dinner with the full 1982 Pakistan touring squad in England. The dinner was at the Shabab restaurant in Harrogate, one of the most beautiful restaurant in Yorkshire. The dinner took place in August, where the Pakistan team were up at Headingley practicing for their next assignment - the third Cornhill Test Match. I cherish upon the splendid evening I had with the team as they were in great spirits and morale was sky high after pulling off a memorable victory at Lords a couple of days ago! I met the elegant Mohsin Khan, fresh from his record 200, he appeared to be glowing with his wonderful achievement as I shook his hand with delight and congratulated him on his marvelous feat. I was sitting next to Wasim Bari who was heavily engaged throughout the night with the man sitting opposite to us - the Great Great Imran Khan(Wow what a sight!) Imran was very casual and relaxed, it wasn't hard to notice that he got on well with his wicket keeper.

  • POSTED BY Engle on | June 13, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    An interesting story I read some time ago re Majid. When Gordon Greenidge hit 13 sixes in a county match, he was feted at a ceremony in England. The MC asked all attendees who have NOT hit 13 sixes in a FC innings, to please stand up.They did, except for Greenidge who remained seated. Then someone noticed that Majid was still sitting. Much as they tried to coax him into standing, he cheerfully refused. Only then did someone realize that, yes indeed, Majid had hit 13 sixes/innings during Pakistan's 1967 tour to England. Magnificent, majestic Majid.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    INTERESTING:

    Alas! there is little of gentlemen cricketers today beyond money - players made little, but cricket was clean. Some old timers in this spirit of this included and more: Richie Beneau, Frank Worrel , Peter May(as captain he declared himself at 285 n/o - no fuss).

    A generation earlier in the sub- continent - were Maharaj Vizzy - Pataudi Sr., Hafeeiz Kardar. Cricket romantcism came in the dashing stride of Keith Miller/D.Compton/Fazal Mahmood (they had no adversaries if themselves)

    Once visiting Pakistan I saw Majid Jahangir( latter Khan) knock of a century before lunch against N.Zealand. He was great hook shot players against the fastest emulating Imtiaz Ahmed -perhaps one of the finest in the game. As an administrator for the likes of ICC - Majid was pushed out in his own back yard.

    With so much taken out of this game - for those somehow returned to its interest despite its irrelevance to the geography, more should come about the glory than hate and prejudice.

  • POSTED BY PlayfromDallas on | June 13, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Majid Khan was the most elegant, stylish, and graceful player of his era if later generation would like to get an idea of his elegance, that would be David Gower, Greg Chappell, and Mohsin Khan. However, Majid still qualifies for the top very gracefully; these are just a milder term to describe Majid's elegance, in simple term no one has matched his elegance of batting in Intl cricket. Majid was selected as a Kerry Packer World XI opener to face West Indian & Australian best fire power ever in the history of the fast bowling is the achievement every opener around the World would dream off. How Pakistan managed to produced that kind of class at the embryonic stages of its cricket is simply a mind boggling phenomenon; being from Karachi the answer I find: Club cricketing standards in Pakistan were very high & we were playing English County. The sixty five thousand dollar question is can we find another Majid? The answer is 'Yes' only if we go back to the standards of our club cricket.

  • POSTED BY shaque01 on | June 13, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    I was lucky enough to see Majid score that century before lunch against New Zealand at National Stadium, Karachi in 1976. Credit also should be given to the New Zealand captain for not employing a defensive field, and when Sadiq realized what Majid was up for, he took singles to give Majid most of the strike. Another one of Majid's class innings at Karachi was against West Indies and the fearsome Andy Roberts in 1975. The other Pakistani batsmen were too intimidated by Andy Roberts, whereas Majid appeared unflappable. And finally I was fortunate to see Majid dismiss Bill Lawry in his maiden spell in test cricket in Karachi against Bobby Simpson's Australians. BTW Majid was selected as a fast bowler with Asif Iqbal sharing the new ball at the other end!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    I remember watching MJ Khan batting in his floppy hat (the only sign of inelegance stated in the article) and Peter West commentating said to Dennis Compton, what on earth is Majid wearing on his head? to which Dennis Compton quietly responded, " I have been too busy watching the sheer artistry of the batting to look at what he is wearing on his head" As an Indian, I have no reservation in stating that Pakistan produced two imperiously elegant batsmen, MJ Khan and Zaheer Abbsas, oh to see the likes of those two again!!

  • POSTED BY gallant_cricketer on | June 15, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    In the Pakistan dressing room, "Majid Bhai" was there by default to take on the new ball fire from Lillee, Thomson, Roberts, Holding, Croft, Garner and Willis, so that the superstars coming down the order could do comfortable batting. "Majid Bhai" would just come out and hook, cut and cover drive these pacemen as if they were a bunch of club bowlers. And if he nicked the ball, he would walk off even if the score was 47 or 48, smiling as if the kids had received enough beating. At the tender age of 64, Majid is as elegant and as full of substance as he was in his playing days. PhD student Annual Review:

  • POSTED BY Toescrusher on | June 15, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    English conditions, lush green out field, spectators calm and observing. Bob Willis running in on his foot marks with his long curve bowling run up and his golden curly hair limping. Camera slowly zooming in towards the batsman as Willis is approaching the bowling crease. Majid at the batting crease with the most beautiful stance, most elegant white out fit only his face above is exposed with a smile and the green cap on with the golden star on top; as he faced the ball he most effortlessly offers his beautiful patent short 'Mighty Cut' the ball traveled towards point and rolls over the rope. The English spectators broke their silence and claps in unisons very elegantly; can any sports in the world match this level of elegance? One can only say it is nothing but a great piece of Art or one can argue "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" take your pick but I think, this beauty is only belongs to the great game of cricket and certainly Majid has added a true charming glamour to it.

  • POSTED BY gallant_cricketer on | June 15, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Majid was the best batsman of pace bowling from Pakistan, ever. In his career, Majid batted at all 11 positions in the batting order, always responding to the team's need, not worrying about his statistics, and shielding other batsmen from some of the fearsome bowlers. As an opener he gave a solid foundation to the Pakistani batting for good 7-8 years, often smashing the best fast bowlers in the early overs to give relief to the lower batting order. A totally selfless player who could have scored much more runs if he wanted to. No such class can be found in current Pakistani players anymore.

    And it is a shame that cricinfo did not include him in their all time Pakistan XI -- it just shows the knowledge of some of the current cricket journalists. What do they know about cricket?

  • POSTED BY straight6 on | June 15, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    (Part 2) Majid was on the next table, he appeared very relaxed holding on to his refreshment and quietly enjoying away his evening like a true professional. Majid appeared a lot mellow and a gentle person, a person who would sink in with the evening after a hard days play! Majid incidently was playing in the forth-coming third Test at Headingley, and probably was keeping a little reserved and trying to concentrate a little on his next assignment as he was a little short of runs on tour, the best was 88 against his old County Glamorgan. When the team got up from their table after the meal, Imran called Majid and introduced me and my brother to him who met us both with delight and started to ask us about our studies. It was a great sight to see Imran and Majid together. Imran respected Majid like an elder brother and you could sense that from the way he called upon Majid and the way he spoke to him that particlar time. Majid will always remain in our hearts as a true Legend!

  • POSTED BY straight6 on | June 15, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    (Part 1) I was very fortunate to have dinner with the full 1982 Pakistan touring squad in England. The dinner was at the Shabab restaurant in Harrogate, one of the most beautiful restaurant in Yorkshire. The dinner took place in August, where the Pakistan team were up at Headingley practicing for their next assignment - the third Cornhill Test Match. I cherish upon the splendid evening I had with the team as they were in great spirits and morale was sky high after pulling off a memorable victory at Lords a couple of days ago! I met the elegant Mohsin Khan, fresh from his record 200, he appeared to be glowing with his wonderful achievement as I shook his hand with delight and congratulated him on his marvelous feat. I was sitting next to Wasim Bari who was heavily engaged throughout the night with the man sitting opposite to us - the Great Great Imran Khan(Wow what a sight!) Imran was very casual and relaxed, it wasn't hard to notice that he got on well with his wicket keeper.

  • POSTED BY Engle on | June 13, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    An interesting story I read some time ago re Majid. When Gordon Greenidge hit 13 sixes in a county match, he was feted at a ceremony in England. The MC asked all attendees who have NOT hit 13 sixes in a FC innings, to please stand up.They did, except for Greenidge who remained seated. Then someone noticed that Majid was still sitting. Much as they tried to coax him into standing, he cheerfully refused. Only then did someone realize that, yes indeed, Majid had hit 13 sixes/innings during Pakistan's 1967 tour to England. Magnificent, majestic Majid.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    INTERESTING:

    Alas! there is little of gentlemen cricketers today beyond money - players made little, but cricket was clean. Some old timers in this spirit of this included and more: Richie Beneau, Frank Worrel , Peter May(as captain he declared himself at 285 n/o - no fuss).

    A generation earlier in the sub- continent - were Maharaj Vizzy - Pataudi Sr., Hafeeiz Kardar. Cricket romantcism came in the dashing stride of Keith Miller/D.Compton/Fazal Mahmood (they had no adversaries if themselves)

    Once visiting Pakistan I saw Majid Jahangir( latter Khan) knock of a century before lunch against N.Zealand. He was great hook shot players against the fastest emulating Imtiaz Ahmed -perhaps one of the finest in the game. As an administrator for the likes of ICC - Majid was pushed out in his own back yard.

    With so much taken out of this game - for those somehow returned to its interest despite its irrelevance to the geography, more should come about the glory than hate and prejudice.

  • POSTED BY PlayfromDallas on | June 13, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Majid Khan was the most elegant, stylish, and graceful player of his era if later generation would like to get an idea of his elegance, that would be David Gower, Greg Chappell, and Mohsin Khan. However, Majid still qualifies for the top very gracefully; these are just a milder term to describe Majid's elegance, in simple term no one has matched his elegance of batting in Intl cricket. Majid was selected as a Kerry Packer World XI opener to face West Indian & Australian best fire power ever in the history of the fast bowling is the achievement every opener around the World would dream off. How Pakistan managed to produced that kind of class at the embryonic stages of its cricket is simply a mind boggling phenomenon; being from Karachi the answer I find: Club cricketing standards in Pakistan were very high & we were playing English County. The sixty five thousand dollar question is can we find another Majid? The answer is 'Yes' only if we go back to the standards of our club cricket.

  • POSTED BY shaque01 on | June 13, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    I was lucky enough to see Majid score that century before lunch against New Zealand at National Stadium, Karachi in 1976. Credit also should be given to the New Zealand captain for not employing a defensive field, and when Sadiq realized what Majid was up for, he took singles to give Majid most of the strike. Another one of Majid's class innings at Karachi was against West Indies and the fearsome Andy Roberts in 1975. The other Pakistani batsmen were too intimidated by Andy Roberts, whereas Majid appeared unflappable. And finally I was fortunate to see Majid dismiss Bill Lawry in his maiden spell in test cricket in Karachi against Bobby Simpson's Australians. BTW Majid was selected as a fast bowler with Asif Iqbal sharing the new ball at the other end!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    I remember watching MJ Khan batting in his floppy hat (the only sign of inelegance stated in the article) and Peter West commentating said to Dennis Compton, what on earth is Majid wearing on his head? to which Dennis Compton quietly responded, " I have been too busy watching the sheer artistry of the batting to look at what he is wearing on his head" As an Indian, I have no reservation in stating that Pakistan produced two imperiously elegant batsmen, MJ Khan and Zaheer Abbsas, oh to see the likes of those two again!!

  • POSTED BY Farhan166 on | June 13, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Majid was all grace and poise. I was fortunate to watch his century before lunch on TV in the 1976 Karachi test against NZ. Next day i went to the national stadium Karachi to watch the match. At the end of the play on the 2nd day I saw two of my favourite cricketers Majid and Asif Iqbal from a close distance. Asif was driving and Majid was sitting next to him with the crowd eager to get a glimpse of them. They had very impressive personalities and looked as elegant off the field as they were on it. So sad that Pakistan is not producing such batsmen.

  • POSTED BY malepas on | June 13, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    My profound memory of Majid was 1980 one day against West Indies in Sialkot, where his brief innings of 34 off 24 balls with 3/4 sixes was the only thing I remembered as a 15 years old watching on the boundary and till today I can remember those shots, played with such an ellegence and control, that I could see the faces of great west indian bowlers(there were no stands and wires in those days and we stood right on the boundary line) like Marshel,Garner,Croft etc that they were in shock and looked resigned to his audicity. A great cricketer and have met him after that as well, a very good administrator and a very frank person. What you see is what you get.Thanks for the article.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Beautiful. As a Pakistani I am really happy to read this eulogy of a cricketing hero who made his country so proud.

  • POSTED BY MohanSundaram on | June 13, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    I've seen a few matches of Majid against India. He was stupendous. What we see in Sehwag today is what he was then. Sheer artistry without moving his feet. It was said you could shackle him to the ground and he would still hammer the bowling to the boundary. I've not seen anyone but Majid and Roy Fredericks play the hook shot with a ballet like fluidity and grace. To me he is the Majestic Majid.

  • POSTED BY donda on | June 13, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Aggression and Pathan (Khan) are synonymous to each other. I have not seen Majid played but heard that he was very best.

    I believe that because Pathan is born to rule the sports of cricket with extreme aggression.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    One of the most elegant and fearless cricketer of all time.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | June 12, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    I remember watching Majid playing the 79 WC semi-final match against West Indies on TV, he had a great pull shot in his armoury, he was well know on the international stage for his ability to play this shot. And he played it languidly, all great pull shot players pick the length so quickly. Pak were 176-1 at one stage, chasing WI's 293, they looked well on course. But just like the '75 WC game at Edgbaston - the 1st match that I ever attended, and a special memory for that reason alone - Pak imploded and lost. As an India fan, I can't say I was weeping but I was really impressed by Majid and Zaheer's stand against a great bowling attack, I was willing them on. Majid's batting was a treat but my serious cricket watching days started from 78 onwards and I missed out on seeing his best days.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    As a young boy growing up in Pakistan I had very little knowledge of the game as there was no interest in the family and we did not have television in Pakistan until 1965, the year the family emigrated to the UK. Therefore the first time I saw Pakistan play was when I was thirteen on its tour of England in 1967. This Pakistani team lacked experience apart from Hanif Mohammed but there were number of young players in the side including Majid Khan who would go on to serve Pakistan well. Over the years I have seen many talented batsmen, Pakistanis and non Pakistanis but in my opinion so far no one as elegant as Majid Khan. He was a gentleman and an absolute treat. I wish he was in charge of Pakistan cricket as he would definitely raise the image and performance of the current team and structure of Pakistan cricket domestically..

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Hoe good was Majid Khan? ...well for those who may not know this, there has been only four instances in the history of Test Cricket spanning over 200 years for a Batsman to score a hundred before lunch on FIRST day...and they are, Victor Trumper 1902, " The Governor" Charles Macarrtney 1926, Sir Donald Bradman 1930, and of Course Majid Jahangir Khan 1976...quite list of elite cricket.

    I have been privileged to have witnessed Majid Khan scoring 98 before lunch at the Oval in 1974...and I still recall every majestic drives of his elegant style even today...

  • POSTED BY avmd on | June 12, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    MJ's one particular inning, though a short one, has stuck in my mind since my teen days. On a winter morning in 1977, we woke up 4 am to watch Pakistan to complete the "formality" of scoring 30 some runs required to beat Australia at Sydney test. But, the way Lillie started bowling, it looked either he believed he could still bowled Pakistan out or he just wanted to intimidate or hurt them physically by bowling at furious pace with short pitched deliveries. Pakistani batsmen, including Sadiq, Zaeer and Mushtaq, looked very scared, they were palying to save themself physically rather scoring runs. Saqid got out for zero and Zaheer for 4. Mushtaq was trying to survive. But Majid was playing as it was a match between Lahore Gymkhana Vs Cresent Club at Lahore's Gymkhana gound.He scored run a minute 26. He sent Lillie's bouncer out of ground for a six and game was over. MJ was one of his kind, a class act.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Loved that Article!! We Pakistani were remembered for good!! I don't know where these Criceketing Characters gone!! Our Lost heritage!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Majid- STYLE FLAIR AGGRESSION personified

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Imran Khan said that Majid is the greatest batsman to play for Pakistan. While his average is nor rgar great I value Imran's opinion. I have only seen a few videos of Majid playing. He apparently didnt rely too much on footwork but looked elegant and graceful.

  • POSTED BY siriherath on | June 12, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    I have always been an admirer/fan of Majid Khan since the first time I saw him bat with Zaheer Abbas at P Sara Oval, Colombo. To this day, I have yet to see batsmen with such musical timing as these two. On top of that, Majid Khan was very stylish to go with his handsome looks. He never did or had to play any hurried stroke - as he probably worked out the delivery more or less with the bowler! I wish he takes up cricket commentary, so that we can share his genius.

  • POSTED BY Hasso29 on | June 12, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    a legend! brilliant striker of the ball!

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    the first time i saw majid on TV was against NZ in 1976 and his century before lunch first day of karachi test is still one of the best innings i have seen.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Majid Khan was a magician of his time. His talents were diverse. He is amongst the pioneers of the Pakistan Cricket

  • POSTED BY famir on | June 12, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Beautiful article, Majid Khan was one of the truly great batsman of his era! :D

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  • POSTED BY famir on | June 12, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Beautiful article, Majid Khan was one of the truly great batsman of his era! :D

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Majid Khan was a magician of his time. His talents were diverse. He is amongst the pioneers of the Pakistan Cricket

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    the first time i saw majid on TV was against NZ in 1976 and his century before lunch first day of karachi test is still one of the best innings i have seen.

  • POSTED BY Hasso29 on | June 12, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    a legend! brilliant striker of the ball!

  • POSTED BY siriherath on | June 12, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    I have always been an admirer/fan of Majid Khan since the first time I saw him bat with Zaheer Abbas at P Sara Oval, Colombo. To this day, I have yet to see batsmen with such musical timing as these two. On top of that, Majid Khan was very stylish to go with his handsome looks. He never did or had to play any hurried stroke - as he probably worked out the delivery more or less with the bowler! I wish he takes up cricket commentary, so that we can share his genius.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Imran Khan said that Majid is the greatest batsman to play for Pakistan. While his average is nor rgar great I value Imran's opinion. I have only seen a few videos of Majid playing. He apparently didnt rely too much on footwork but looked elegant and graceful.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Majid- STYLE FLAIR AGGRESSION personified

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Loved that Article!! We Pakistani were remembered for good!! I don't know where these Criceketing Characters gone!! Our Lost heritage!!

  • POSTED BY avmd on | June 12, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    MJ's one particular inning, though a short one, has stuck in my mind since my teen days. On a winter morning in 1977, we woke up 4 am to watch Pakistan to complete the "formality" of scoring 30 some runs required to beat Australia at Sydney test. But, the way Lillie started bowling, it looked either he believed he could still bowled Pakistan out or he just wanted to intimidate or hurt them physically by bowling at furious pace with short pitched deliveries. Pakistani batsmen, including Sadiq, Zaeer and Mushtaq, looked very scared, they were palying to save themself physically rather scoring runs. Saqid got out for zero and Zaheer for 4. Mushtaq was trying to survive. But Majid was playing as it was a match between Lahore Gymkhana Vs Cresent Club at Lahore's Gymkhana gound.He scored run a minute 26. He sent Lillie's bouncer out of ground for a six and game was over. MJ was one of his kind, a class act.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Hoe good was Majid Khan? ...well for those who may not know this, there has been only four instances in the history of Test Cricket spanning over 200 years for a Batsman to score a hundred before lunch on FIRST day...and they are, Victor Trumper 1902, " The Governor" Charles Macarrtney 1926, Sir Donald Bradman 1930, and of Course Majid Jahangir Khan 1976...quite list of elite cricket.

    I have been privileged to have witnessed Majid Khan scoring 98 before lunch at the Oval in 1974...and I still recall every majestic drives of his elegant style even today...