Inzamam-ul-Haq picks Pakistan’s greatest batsman of all time
Pakistan legend and former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked the batsman who he believes was the greatest batsman of all time in Pakistan cricket team. Inzamam who is the only Pakistani batsman to have essayed 20,000 international runs strongly believes his former teammate and 1992 World Cup winner legendary Javed Miandad is Pakistan’s greatest batsman of all time.
While the majority of the fans and players considered Inzamam as the greatest Pakistani batsman to have represented the team, the former coach and team consultant said that his former teammate Javed Miandad explained the art of batting.
“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. 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,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said on a YouTube video said.
Heaping praise on Miandad, Inzamam spoke about his fearless approach towards premier bowlers and how the batting maestro used to channelise his aggression in the right track when the opposition used to troll or sledge him. Inzamam also called Miandad a big match player, who always stepped up and delivered the much-needed goods in his prime.
“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. He would sledge the best bowlers in the world.
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,” he said.
Inzamam-ul-Haq added that Javed Miandad perfected the art of batting as he was the batsman who was always focussed on scoring runs and was never interested in batting techniques like most other batsmen.
“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 said.