Sketch: Javed Miandad

Javed Miandad

Cricketer Javed Miandad is the greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced, playing for his country from 1976-1996. Not only is he a national hero, but one of the world’s most ebullient sporting personalities.

In 124 test matches Javed scored 8,832 runs with a batting average of 52.57, including 23 centuries with a top score of 280 not out against India in the second test in Hyderabad in the 1982-83 series. Captain Imran Khan declared the innings, stopping him from possibly breaking the individual Test record of Sir Garfield Sobers.

Javed also played 233 One Day Internationals (ODIs) scoring 7,381 runs with 8 centuries and 50 half centuries. In fact he holds the record for the maximum number of consecutive half centuries in ODIs .

In his debut Test against New Zealand in Lahore in 1976 he became the youngest batsman to score a century on debut at the age of 19 yard and 119 days. I the third test he scored 206 runs, breaking George Headley’s 47 year recored, becoming the youngest player to score a double century.

Javed signed this sketch when he toured New Zealand in the 1988-89 after scoring 271 in the third test at Eden Park in Auckland.