Former skipper Inzamam Ul Haq regards Javed Miandad as the best-ever Pakistan batsman. For Inzamam, Miandad is higher in the pecking order to himself, and even the likes of Hanif Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas, Saeed Anwar, Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, who all also served the nation with great distinction at the highest level.
Miandad played 124 Tests for 8,832 runs at an average of 52.57 with 23 hundreds. In the ODIs, the 1992 World Cup winner, was well known for his game awareness and ability to pull off victories for Pakistan from the toughest of situations as a middle-order batsman.
"I am going to talk about a player who was the hero of all batsmen when I was playing cricket. I am taking about Javed Miandad," Inzamam said on his youtube channel. "He was the best player Pakistan ever produced at least in terms of batting. I have played with him for four to five years as a player and then also as a coach. He had a strong belief in himself which made him so great."
“I once talked to Mushtaq Mohammad, he told me when they went to Australia when Miandad was a youngster, where batsmen feared going on top of the order Miandad was always eager to go out to bat and had a fearless approach," added Inzi, who played a lot of cricket with Miandad.
Through his class batsmanship and distinct character, Miandad could get to the nerves of the opposition. There was never any dull moment with him.
"He would sledge the best bowlers in the world," Inzamam said. "Usually, bowlers sledged to get batsmen off their rhythm but Miandad turned it around. He was a big match player and rose to every occasion. He didn’t let players know how hard the situation is while playing a calculated knock."
"I have played cricket around the world and I think Javed bhai explained the art of batting the best. He was never interested in the technique like all the others. He was focused on teaching batsmen how to score. This was his coaching. All great batsmen in the world have been more concerned about scoring than techniques," he concluded.
(Inputs from Hindustan Times)