- Pakistan National Cricket Team 1973 - 1998
The greatest batsman that Pakistan has produced is Javed Miandad. During the early 70s, when Javed was seen by Abdul Hafeez Kardar, Pakistan’s first Test captain and influential administrator, Javed was labeled as “the find of the decade” by Kardar.
Miandad could hit a beautiful square cut and almost all the shots in the out the book. He could reverse sweep very early. While batting, he could work the angles and spaces nicely and as a result could keep the scoreboard ticking in any circumstances. Due to all these virtues, his career average never fell below fifty. He is the leading run scorer in Test cricket for Pakistan. With the exception of Inzamam-ul Haq, no batsman has won more matches for Pakistan.
Miandad is most remembered for hitting a sixer off Chetan Sharma on the last ball of the Australasia Cup in 1986 at Sharjah and winning the Cup for Pakistan. During the 1992 Cricket World Cup, Miandad scored 6 half centuries, although he had age and back problems.
Javed Miandad has played in 233 ODIs in which he has scored 7381 runs at a batting strike rate of 67.01 and batting average of 41.70. His highest score was 119 not out. He smashed 8 centuries and 50 half centuries and took 71 catches. He also picked up 7 wickets in the 436 balls that he bowled while conceding 297 runs.
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