HBD: Miandad used to ‘score’ with his tongue as well… Indians still haven’t forgotten the six off the last ball.

New Delhi. Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad is celebrating his 65th birthday today. He was born on 12 June 1957 in Karachi. Miandad is counted among the best batsmen of Pakistan. During his career, he led Pakistan to many unexpected victories. He first scored 8 thousand test runs for Pakistan. Despite all this, the image of Javed Miandad remained mostly that of a quarrelsome person. Although despite being a successful cricketer, his image remained that of a street fighter. His behavior on the field was also not very good. He not only fought with the bat but was also infamous for his war of words.

Who can forget the Test played in Perth in the year 1981. In this match, he threatened the Kangaroo bowler Dennis Lillee with the bat, after which the umpire pacified both of them. Miandad did not lag behind even verbally in the matches against India. A famous incident related to him is that once he had asked spinner Dilip Doshi for his room number so that he could hit the ball there for a six. He then mocked wicketkeeper Kiran More in the 1992 World Cup to tease him for having more appeal. His action was caught on camera, this iconic picture explains the behavior of Javed Miandad in the field.

six off last ball
On 18 April 1986, the final of the Austral-Asia Cup was played between India and Pakistan in Sharjah. Batting first in this title match, India scored 245 for 7 wickets. For Team India, Sunil Gavaskar scored 92, Srikanth 75 and Dilip Vengsarkar scored 50 runs. Pakistan got a target of 246 runs to win the match. Chasing the target, the Pakistan team won on the last ball.

Actually Chetan Sharma was bowling the last over of Pakistan’s innings. Pakistan needed 4 runs off the last ball to win the match. But Miandad, who was on strike, won the final by hitting a six off Chetan Sharma’s last ball. Indian cricket fans have not forgotten that six till date. Miandad played an unbeaten innings of 116 runs in that match.

Youngest double century
Javed Miandad holds the record for scoring the youngest double century in Test cricket. He scored a double century in the Karachi Test against New Zealand in 1976 at the age of 19. Then Miandad played an innings of 206 runs. This record still stands in his name.

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miandad cricket career
Javed Miandad played 124 test matches for Pakistan. In which he scored 8832 runs. His best score in Test was 280 not out. In the biggest format of cricket, he scored 23 centuries and 43 half-centuries. Apart from this, he also played 233 ODI matches for Pakistan, in which he scored 7381 runs. In ODI cricket, he scored 8 centuries and 50 half-centuries. His best score in ODI cricket was 119 not out.

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