The words street smart, shrewd, and never-say-die are the best words to describe Mohammad Javed Miandad popularly known as Javed Miandad who is a former Pakistani cricketer and captain.
He played between 1975 and 1996 and is regarded as the greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced. He is widely known forhis historic last ball big six against India in 1986, when 4 runs were required to win and handed Pakistan one of the rarest wins in that fashion, unseen previously in international cricket.
However, it was not only his batting that got under the skin of the oppositions, but also his on field antics in ‘sledging’ the fielders and the bowlers. His ‘kangaroo hops’ while batting against India in the 1992 World Cup, in response to Kiran More’s continuous appeals was a spectacle worth going miles for.
Miandad was born in Karachi on June 12, 1957, one of seven children. Cricket was the family game, his only two brothers also being destined to play top-class cricket in Pakistan. Javed made his first-class début at the age of sixteen years and five months, for Karachi Whites, and he was still only seventeen when chosen for the Pakistan Prudential World Cup squad in 1975. On the recommendation of Sadiq Mohammad he was invited by Tony Greig, when the World Cup was over, to play a few matches for Sussex second eleven with a view to qualifying. Sussex were sufficiently impressed to ask him to return in 1976, when, although he appeared in only five matches, he easily headed the Sussex batting averages with 523 runs, an average of 58, and a top score of 162 against Kent at Canterbury.
At home that winter he made his Test début, scoring 163 on his first appearance - against New Zealand at Lahore. He followed this with 206 and 85 in the third and final Test at Karachi, so becoming, at nineteen years and four months, the youngest player ever to hit a Test double-hundred. Although he had a somewhat disappointing tour of the West Indies in 1976-77, playing in only one Test match, he was already a rising star.
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