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.
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.
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.
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).
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.