Javed Miandad

Mohammad Javed Miandad Khan (Urdu: ) (born June 12, 1957 in Karachi, Pakistan), popularly known as Javed Miandad (Urdu: ) is a former Pakistani cricketer who played between 1975 and 1996. He is generally regarded as Pakistan's greatest ever batsman, and among the top tier in cricket history. He also had three successful albeit controversial coaching stints with the Pakistan national team.


Miandad made his Test debut against New Zealand at Lahore on 9 October 1976. He scored a century in this match, thus becoming the youngest player to do so on debut. In the same series he scored a double century, and on his way broke George Headley's 47 year record, to become the youngest player to achieve the feat. Miandad made his One Day International debut against the West Indies at Edgbaston, Birmingham in the Cricket World Cup 1975.

Javed Miandad played 124 Tests and appeared in 189 innings. His aggregate of 8,832 Test runs is still a Pakistani record (although Inzamam-ul-Haq came 3 runs shy with 8830), while his 23 centuries and 43 fifties were national records until they were broken by Inzamam-ul-Haq. Javed's Test career batting average of 52.57 puts him among the list of greatest batsmen to have played international cricket, and he is one of only two batsmen in cricket history, the other being Herbert Sutcliffe, to maintain an average of above 50 throughout a career of more than 20 innings. He scored six double centuries which is the most by a Pakistani and 5th overall. His made his highest score of 280 not out against India.

Javed learned his craft as a youngster on the tough, blue-collar streets of Karachi, and not surprisingly his technique flew in the face of most cricket coaching textbooks. In spite of this, his unorthodox but distinctive square-on batting stance and equally unconventional split-handed grip never hindered him.

Javed sits amongst the elite cricket club of batsmen of his era to maintain an average of above 50. His legacy is shared by the most accomplished batsmen of his era, which is also known as the era of deadly fast bowling. Batsmen who sit in the club are Vivian Richards, Allan Border, Sunil Gavaskar, and Gary Sobers.

World Cup 1992

Javed Miandad was instrumental in Pakistan's victory in the 1992 World Cup in Australia. He played his part to perfection and the team, especially the batting department lobbied around him. He played with maturity and patience as was required of him. He kept his wicket intact till the last and guided Pakistan to home in the Semi Final against New Zealand, and in the final scored a critical 50 after the openers had fallen cheaply.

Australasia Cup 1986

One of the highlights of Javed's career came during the Australasia Cup in 1986. The Pakistanis had managed to make it to the final, and were up against India. India batted first and scored 245 runs, leaving Pakistan with a required run rate of 4.92 per over. Miandad came in to bat at number 4, with the score at 39 for 2 wickets, and the required run rate had risen to 7 an over. With four runs required off the last ball, Javed struck a famous six that sealed the victory for Pakistan.

Viv Richards, was once quoted saying, "If there was any batsman whom I could choose to bat for my life, it would be Javed Miandad." Javed, who refused to concede easy victory to India, was complimented by commentator and former New Zealand captain John Wright, who noted "As long as Javed is there, anything can happen". Javed referred to this in his autobiography as one of the best compliments he had received in all his cricketing years.


As a coach, Javed Miandad guided Pakistan to famous test victories in the Asian Cup and in India during 1998-99 season, when Wasim Akram was captain. His second coaching duration, when in first year Pakistan has the highest victory ratio in One-Day, slightly above than Australia. Bob Woolmer, who was the coach of South Africa before taking on the job of Pakistan Cricket Coach, once called on Miandad to assist him with coaching batsmen.

Sharjah and Brunei

Javed Miandad was nicknamed "Prince of Wales" when he played county cricket in England. More so, he was the King of Sharjah. His six in the last ball of a One-Day match changed One day cricket, India - Pakistan competitions and cricket in Sharjah. He maintained close ties with Abdur Rahman Bukhatir, the man who started cricket in Sharjah.

He was also invited to live at the Royal Palace of the King of Brunei for three years in late 1996, who is one of the richest people of the world, the only other cricketer was Viv Richards which also included Jahangir Khan (Squash).

Personal life

Javed Miandad was born in Karachi, when his family lived in the famous trading and residential area of Ranchore Lines. He played street cricket in that area. He had a love marriage with Tahira, who was the daughter of famous industrialist Saigol who was amongst the 22 richest in Pakistan and 100 richest people in Asia at that time. He has two sons and one daughter.

Records & achievements

Javed was amongst the three Pakistani players to have his name at the hall of fame at Lords others included Hanif Muhammnad & Imran Khan.

Javed Miandad has some unique records in cricket. In the 100th Test match ever to be played, between Pakistan and New Zealand in 1982-83, he scored centuries in both innings. He is the youngest cricketer to make a triple hundred in first class cricket. He scored nine back to back 50s in 1987-88 an ODI world record. He was never dismissed for a duck at home, in both forms of cricket.

Miandad is the only cricketer to appear in six World Cup competitions; the first six. In 1982, Wisden named him as one of the cricketers of the year.

Miandad was the first cricketer to score 1000 runs in World Cup competitions. He achieved this feat in the 1992 World Cup final against England.

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