Cristiano Ronaldo

 

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FIFA world’s best player- Lionel Messi

Argentinean footballer Lionel Messi becomes first player to be crowned as world’s best footballer by FIFA continuously in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The world best player receives the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012 award during the FIFA Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in Zurich on January 7, 2013. 
The 25 year old Messi broke number of records in 2012 and ended the year 2012 with 91 goals and beat the previous record 85 goals by Germany’s Gerd Muller in 1972. To win his fourth title in a row he beat his colleague Andres Iniesta, Real Madrid’s and Cristiano Ronaldo to an award voted for by national coaches, captains and journalists. Massi got 41.60% of the votes, Ronaldo on 23.68% and Iniesta 10.91%.

Lionel Messi holds his FIFA Ballon d’Or trophy during the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012 awards ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland on January 7, 2013

Lionel Messi receives the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012 award during the FIFA Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in Zurich on January 7, 2013
FIFA President and Lionel Messi during the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012 award ceremony in Zurich January 7, 2013



Lionel Messi receives the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012 trophy on January 7, 2013 

Lionel Messi

 

Lionel Messi is speechless with a fourth Golden Ball

“To be honest, this is unbelievable. Winning the award for the fourth time is too awesome to describe in words,” said Messi when he received the Golden Ball, the main prize of the FIFA Gala, held in Zurich, Switzerland.

The FC Barcelona player wanted to recognize the role of the Argentine national team colleagues and the Catalan team, with particular emphasis on Andres Iniesta, also named: “It has been a pleasure to train and play with you.”

Lionel Messi, who defeated the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and Iniesta, do not forget the coaches he worked with, family, friends and especially his wife and son, to whom he dedicated the prize.

Menotti: “Messi is a Martian»

“It’s a Martian. It’s amazing what we have achieved, “said  Argentine coach César Luis Menotti. compatriot of Messi.

“His deep commitment with the team, their solidarity, prudent and respectful. When he score a goal embraces his colleagues, no celebrates with the croud. When it is bright it becomes impossible to see what it does. Never seen him play poorly. Never. Neither in Barcelona nor in the selection, “said Menotti, who believes” there are no doubts ‘about who deserved to win the Golden Ball, although it adds that “it would also be  fair a award for Iniesta.

About Cristiano Ronaldo says he is ” individually remarkable”, but in this sense “individual plays to win the game.” “When she does not get the team playing with ten ‘claims, speaking to radio Xarxa.

A brilliant Messi warmed the frosty Luzhniki stadium. Barcelona beat Spartak Moscow for 3 -0 with 2 goals from Lionel Messi who has one more remarkable exhibition.

With these 2 more goals Messi has equaled Ruud van Nistelrooy as second top scorer in the history of the Champions League. Leo has scored 56 goals and only surpassed by Raúl with 71.

This season, Lionel Messi is the top scorer in La Liga with 15 goals in 11 games. Also, Messi is more decisive away from home than at Camp Nou. In the stadium of Barcelona, ​​the Argentine striker scored two goals against Real Sociedad and Real Madrid. As a visitor, he scored two goals against Osasuna, Getafe, Rayo and Mallorca, another hat-trick against Deportivo Coruña.

In Spanish Supercup, scoring twice. And in the Champions League, three: two against Spartak Moscow and the last,  at Celtic Park, that goal was dedicated to his son Thiago.

Lionel Messi has revealed in social network ‘Facebook’, that he’s very happy with the birth of his son, Thiago Messi.

“Today I am the happiest man in the world, my son has born. Thank God for this gift! Thanks for the support I received from my family. Hugs for everyone, “stated Messi in his Facebook account.

Thiago Messi was born in the Hospital USP Dexeus in Barcelona today.

Lionel Messi undervalues ​​the two goals he scored and helped Barcelona to come out of Vallecas with a strong 5-0 win.

“The most important thing is not to have scored two more goals, but the team came back to wins and that’s how we want to continue. Despite the cold, we played well and did not suffer goals with two adapted central defenders  [Adriano and Busquets]. Both were very well, ” Said  Messi after the match.

With two goals in this match, Messi brings the count of the season to 13 goals in nine championship matches, overcoming the barrier of 300 (301) in his career. But not really think being closer to winning the Golden Ball: “It is a beautiful achievement but the merit is for the whole team. I share this award  more with my mates because, in football, the prizes are won as a team. ”

Messi says that Barcelona is well

“We have overcome a difficult match, but we’re focused on tomorrow’s match against Celtic. We are good.”

Leo Messi Sums in is account at Tencent Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, hes and Barça squad feelings  after the epic Deportivo 4- Barcelona 5 at the Riazor.

As highlighted by the Argentinian star, Barcelona is now with the mind set only on the resumption of the Champions League and to reaffirm the lead in Group F and without urgency to reach the second round of the playoffs.

Lionel Messi scores a great goal and leads Argentina to victory over Chile.

Higuain scored the second but gets injured. Chile had their chances but forgave, and Gutierrez’s goal at the end was to little for Chile

Ranking of South American qualifying group  for the World Cup in Brazil.

1.º Argentina 20 points
2.º Ecuador 17 pts.
3.º Colômbia 16 pts.
4.º Venezuela 12 pts.
5.º Uruguai 12 pts.
6.º Chile 12 pts.
7.º Bolívia 8 pts.
8.º Peru 8 pts.
9.º Paraguai 7 pts.

Famous Muslim Football Soccer Players

  

Football also Known As Soccer is the most Popular Sports of The World that is played and watched in almost every part of the World from Asia To America and From Africa To Europe. Recently FIFA Football World Cup 2010 also took place in South Africa that was won by the Spain.

Football is also a Popular Sports in many Muslims Countries and their are some good Muslims Football teams and Players as well.  Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia has good Football teams and they have also took part in many World Cups.

There are Many Great Muslim Footballers as well that Plays in different Top Teams of the World. Mesut Ozil that is a famous Young German Player is also a Muslim and special thing about him is that he Recites Holy Quran before each match. According to him Reading Holy Quran Before matches gives him more power to play in match well. Following i am going to share the names of Some Famous Muslim Football Players.

1 Nicolas Anelka

He is French Footballer and was converted to Islam in 2004 and his Islamic Name is Bilal.

2 Franck  Ribery

He is a famous French Footballer who also converted to Islam. His Islamic Name is Bilal Ahmed.

3 Zinedine Zidane
Zidane was also a great French Footballer who played Major role in France World Cup win in 1998.

4 Mesut Ozil
He is a Young Germany Footballer who is called next Diego.

5 Kolo Toure
He Plays For Arsenal Football Club and wishes to Become Role Model For British Muslim Youngsters.

6 Frederic Kanoute
He is a French Footballer and a Practicing Muslim.

7 Mehmet Scholl
He was famous Former Germany Football Player.

8 Christian Negouai
He is a French Footballer and a Muslim while having Name Christian.

9 Hakan Şükür
He was Former Great Turkish Football Player.

There are many other great Muslim Football Players as well that are Practicing Muslim but above 9 are my Favourite ones. May Allah Swt Bless all these Players and give them more success.

World’s Best Golfer

 – Luke Donald from England –
Top 2 Pro World’s Best Golfer
– Rory McIlroy
Top 3 World’s Best Golfer
– Lee Westwood from England –
Top 4 World’s Best Golfer
Tiger Woods from USA –

Top 5 World’s Best Golfer

– Webb Simpson from  USA –
Top 6 World’s Best Golfer
– Bubba Watson,  USA –
Top 7 World’s Best Golfer
– Jason Dufner,  USA –
Top 8 World’s Best Golfer
– Matt Kuchar,  USA –
Top 9 World’s Best Golfer
– Justin Rose,  Eng –
–  Hunter Mahan,  USA –

 

Shahid Afridi

      

Full nameSahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi
BornMarch 1, 1980, Khyber Agency
Current age 32 years 318 days
Major teams Pakistan, Asia XI, Deccan Chargers, Dhaka Gladiators, Fly Emirates XI, Griqualand West, Habib Bank Limited, Hampshire, ICC World XI, Karachi, Leicestershire, Melbourne Renegades, South Australia
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
RelationBrother – Tariq Afridi,Brother – Ashfaq Afridi

Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 27 48 1 1716 156 36.51 1973 86.97 5 8 220 52 10 0
ODIs 349 323 20 7075 124 23.34 6218 113.78 6 33 648 298 112 0
T20Is 58 55 5 845 54* 16.90 591 142.97 0 4 70 32 15 0
First-class 111 183 4 5631 164 31.45 12 30 75 0
List A 440 411 23 9725 124 25.06 8 52 135 0
Twenty20 128 115 10 1944 80 18.51 1265 153.67 0 7 160 91 32 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 27 47 3194 1709 48 5/52 5/43 35.60 3.21 66.5 1 1 0
ODIs 349 323 15276 11727 348 6/38 6/38 33.69 4.60 43.8 4 8 0
T20Is 58 58 1301 1371 63 4/11 4/11 21.76 6.32 20.6 3 0 0
First-class 111 13493 7023 258 6/101 27.22 3.12 52.2 8 0
List A 440 19371 14885 452 6/38 6/38 32.93 4.61 42.8 5 10 0
Twenty20 128 128 2800 3015 155 5/20 5/20 19.45 6.46 18.0 4 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut Pakistan v Australia at Karachi, Oct 22-26, 1998 scorecard
Last Test Australia v Pakistan at Lord’s, Jul 13-16, 2010 scorecard
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ODI debut Kenya v Pakistan at Nairobi (Aga), Oct 2, 1996 scorecard
Last ODI Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah, Sep 3, 2012 scorecard
ODI statistics – Statsguru ODI analysis -Player analysis menu/filterODI match list———————————Batting career summaryBatting innings listHigh scoresBatting series averages———————————Bowling career summaryBowling innings listBest innings bowlingBowling series averages———————————Fielding career summaryFielding innings listMost catches in an inningsFielding series statistics< input type=”submit” name=”submit” class=”button” value=”Submit” style=”vertical-align: middle”>
T20I debut England v Pakistan at Bristol, Aug 28, 2006 scorecard
Last T20I India v Pakistan at Ahmedabad, Dec 28, 2012 scorecard
T20I statistics – Statsguru T20I analysis -Player analysis menu/filterT20I match list———————————Batting career summaryBatting innings listHigh scoresBatting series averages———————————Bowling career summaryBowling innings listBest innings bowlingBowling series averages———————————Fielding career summaryFielding innings listMost catches in an inningsFielding series statistics< input type=”submit” name=”submit” class=”button” value=”Submit” style=”vertical-align: middle”>
First-class debut 1995/96
Last First-class Australia v Pakistan at Lord’s, Jul 13-16, 2010 scorecard
List A debut 1995/96
Last List A Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah, Sep 3, 2012 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Kent v Middlesex at Maidstone, Jul 2, 2004 scorecard
Last Twenty20 India v Pakistan at Ahmedabad, Dec 28, 2012 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0/33, 11 Pakistan v India Ahmedabad 28 Dec 2012 T20I # 298
1/26, 3* Pakistan v India Bangalore 25 Dec 2012 T20I # 296
28, 0/11 PCB Greens v PCB Blues Lahore 20 Dec 2012 Other T20
90, 0/63 PCB Blues v PCB Greens Lahore 19 Dec 2012 Other OD
1/47, 52 PCB Blues v PCB Greens Lahore 17 Dec 2012 Other OD
3, 2/22 K Dolphins v Wolves Lahore 6 Dec 2012 T20
1/17, 19 K Dolphins v L Eagles Lahore 4 Dec 2012 T20
0, 2/16 K Dolphins v Stags Lahore 3 Dec 2012 T20
1/49, 3 K Dolphins v R Rams Lahore 2 Dec 2012 T20
50, 1/22 K Dolphins v P Panthers Lahore 1 Dec 2012 T20
Profile
Of Shahid Afridi it can safely be said that cricket never has and never will see another like him. To say he is an allrounder is to say Albert Einstein was a scientist; it tells a criminally bare story.
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Timeline
    • October 4, 1996
      Fitting debut to a kamikaze career
      • In his second ODI, and in his first innings, Shahid Afridi, all of 16 years and 217 days old, marches in with Waqar Younis’ bat in hand, and blasts the reigning world champions for the fastest ever 100 in ODI cricket. His smasha-thon brings up three figures in 37 balls. Its’ not everyday that one ends up with a scoring sequence that reads 0610400600661166264400661411041606024100, leave alone on debut.

    • October 6, 1996
      And he can bowl as well
      • His whirlwind innings had helped Pakistan to the final of the ODI tournament in Nairobi, where they are comprehensively outplayed by South Africa. Still, there is enough time to serve notice about his other skill. Bowling fastish legspin, he picks 3 for 48, as South Africa coast to a win.

    • November 1, 1996
      Pakistan’s Jayasuriya

Wasim Akram وسیم اکرم

Wasim Akram
وسیم اکرم
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Personal information
Full name
Wasim Akram
Born
(1966-06-03) 3 June 1966 (age 46)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Nickname
WAZ, Sultan of Swing, The Two W’s (with Waqar Younis), King Of Swing
Batting style
Left hand bat
Bowling style
Left arm fast
Role
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 102)
25 January 1984 v New Zealand
Last Test
9 January 2002 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 53)
23 November 1984 v New Zealand
Last ODI
1 March 2003 v India
ODI shirt no.
3
Domestic team information
Years
Team
2003
2000–2001
1997–1998
1992–2002
1988–1998
1986–1987
1985–1986
1984–1986
Career statistics
Competition
Matches
104
356
257
594
Runs scored
2898
3717
7161
6993
22.64
16.52
22.73
18.90
100s/50s
3/7
0/6
7/24
0/17
Top score
257*
86
257*
89*
Balls bowled
22627
18186
50278
29719
414
502
1042
881
23.62
23.52
21.64
21.91
5 wickets in innings
25
6
70
12
10 wickets in match
5
0
16
0
Best bowling
7/119
5/15
8/30
5/10
Catches/stumpings
44/0
88/0
97/0
147/0
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 4 April 2012
Wasim Akram (Punjabi: وسیم اکرم; born 3 June 1966) is a former Pakistani cricketer. He was a genuine left arm fast bowler who can bowl with high pace and left-handed batsman who represented the Pakistan national cricket team in Test cricket and One Day International (ODI) matches.
Akram is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of cricket. He holds the world record for most wickets in List A cricket with 881 and is second only to Sri Lankan off-spin bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of ODI wickets with 502. He is considered to be one of the founders and perhaps the finest exponent of reverse swing bowling.[1][2][3]
He was the first bowler to reach the 500-wicket mark in ODI cricket during the 2003 World Cup. In 2002 Wisden released its only list of best players of all time. Wasim was ranked as the best bowler in ODI of all time with a rating of 1223.5, ahead of Allan Donald, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Joel Garner, Glen McGrath and Muralitharan.[4] Wasim has taken 23 4-wicket hauls in ODI in 356 matches he played.[1] On 30 September 2009, Akram was one of five new members inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.[5][6] He is the current bowling coach of Kolkata Knight Riders.[7]
Early and personal life
Akram was born in Pakistan on 3 June 1966.[citation needed] He was educated at Islamia College in Lahore, where he played as an opening bowler and batsman.[8] Like several other Pakistani cricketers during the 1980s, his inclusion into the national side was at the behest of a senior player in the team, which in Akram’s case, was Javed Miandad.[9]
At the age of 30, Akram was diagnosed with diabetes. “I remember what a shock it was because I was a healthy sportsman with no history of diabetes in my family, so I didn’t expect it at all. It seemed strange that it happened to me when I was 30, but it was a very stressful time and doctors said that can trigger it.”[10] Since then he has actively sought to be involved in various awareness campaigns for diabetes.[11]
Akram married Huma in 1995.[12] They had two sons Tahmoor (1996) and Akbar (2000)[13] from their marriage of fifteen years. Huma died of multiple organ failure at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, India on 25 October 2009.[14]
International career
First-class cricket
In 1988 Akram signed for Lancashire County Cricket Club in England. From 1988 to 1998, he opened their bowling attack in their ECB Trophy, Benson and Hedges Cup and National League tournaments. He was a favorite of the local British fans who used to sing a song called “Wasim for England” at Lancashire’s matches. In 1998, with Akram as captain, Lancashire won the ECB Trophy and Axa League and finished second in the championship tournament despite losing only five matches in all competitions throughout the season. Apart from the National League second division title in 2003, this was the last time Lancashire won a trophy.[15]
Test cricket
Akram made his Test cricket debut for Pakistan against New Zealand in 1985[16] and in his second Test match, he claimed 10 wickets.[17] A few weeks prior to his selection into the Pakistan team, he was an unknown club cricketer who had failed to make it even to his college team. He came to the trials at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in Pakistan, but for the first two days he did not get a chance to bowl. On the third day he got a chance; his performance convincing Javed Miandad to insist upon his inclusion in the national team.[9] Akram was hence given an opportunity to play for Pakistan, without any significant domestic experience.
Akram’s rise in international cricket was rapid during the late 1980s. When Pakistan toured the West Indies in 1988, he looked to be the fastest bowler between the two sides. However, a groin injury impeded his career in the late 1980s. Following two surgeries, he re-emerged in the 1990s as a fast bowler who focused more on swing and accurate bowling.[18]
One Day International
Akram started his ODI career against New Zealand in Pakistan in 1984 under the captaincy of Zaheer Abbass.[19] He rose to prominence taking five wickets in his 3rd ODI against Australia in the 1985 Benson & Hedges World Championship. His wickets included those of Kepler Wessels, Dean Jones and captain Allan Border.[20]
1983–91
In the 1984–85 Rothmans Four-Nations Cup and the 1985–86 Rothmans Sharjah Cup he took five wickets with a run rate of under 3.50. The 1985–1986 Austral-Asia Cup involved Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and was played in UAE Sharjah. Akram, with the help of Abdul Qadir, bowled out New Zealand’s batting line up for 64 in the second semi final of cup. Pakistan won that game with more than 27 overs to spare obtaining one of the biggest wins in Pakistani history. In the final against India he and Imran shared five wickets. Akram’s wickets included Dilip Vengsarkar and Ravi Shastri.
In the 1987 Reliance World Cup held for the 1st time in the sub-continent, Akram struggled on Pakistani pitches where he managed only 7 wickets with an average of over 40 in 7 matches. Akram played West Indies, Sri Lanka and England twice. All group matches were played in Pakistan.
In the 1988–89 Benson and Hedges World Series he managed figures of 4–25 against Australia.[21] He took his hundredth wicket at Sharjah in 1989–1990 Champions Trophy – 2nd Match against West Indies. His 100th wicket was of Ambrose. In that match he took a five-wickets haul for the second time in his career.[22] In the same match he took his first hat-trick against West Indies. All three batsman were bowled.[22][23][24] On 4 May 1990 in Sharjah, Akram took his second ODI hat-trick against |Australia. All three batsmen were bowled this time also.[23][25]
His best years in late 1980s were from 1986–1989 when which he took 100 wickets at 22.71 apiece and economy rate of less than 3.9 run/over with four 4-wicket hauls. His first two hauls against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh came in Sri Lanka in 1986.[26]
Up to December 1991 Akram took 143 wickets in 107 matches with an average of almost 24 and economy rate of 3.84.[18]
1992–97
Akram was a significant figure in the 1992 Cricket World Cup held in Australia, when Pakistan won the tournament. In the final against England, his batting performance during his innings of 33 runs off 19 balls, pushed Pakistan to a score of 249 runs for 6 wickets. Akram then took the wicket of Ian Botham early on the English batting innings and when brought back into the bowling attack later on, with the ball reverse swinging, he produced a spell of bowling which led to Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis being bowled in successive deliveries in one over. His performances earned him the Man of the Match award for the final.[27][28] In 1993 Akram took 2 consecutive 4-wicket hauls against Sri Lanka in Sharjah in which 7 out of 8 wickets were either LBW or bowled.[29]
In the 1992–1993 Total International Series in South Africa (involving Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa) he took 5 wickets against South Africa and got his 200th wicket in his 143rd match.[30][31][32] Akram took 46 wickets in calendar year 1993, his best year ever in ODI. His average which was less than 19 with an economy rate of less than 3.8 runs per over. He took six 4-wicket hauls in 1993, the most by him in any year.[32] In the 1996 World Cup he missed the quarter final match against India which Pakistan lost and went out of the World Cup. Between 1994 and 1996 he took 84 wickets in 39 matches.[32]
From January 1992 to December 1997 Akram played 131 matches took 198 wickets at an average of 21.86 with 14 4-wicket hauls in ODIs.[18]
1998 to the 2003 World Cup
In 1999, he led Pakistan to the brink of victory in the World Cup before they capitulated and was defeated by Australia in the final, by eight wickets with almost 30 overs to spare.[33] This was the start of the match fixing controversies, as critics believed Akram had set up the match for Australia. However, none of the allegations could be proved.[34][35]
He was Pakistan’s best bowler in the 2003 Cricket World Cup taking 12 wickets in 6 matches.[36] However, Pakistan failed to reach the super six of the tournament and Akram was one of the eight players to be sacked by the Pakistan Cricket Board as a result.[37][38]
Records
Akram won 17 Man-of-the-Match awards in 104 tests. He took 4 hat-tricks in International cricket – two in ODIs.[22][25] and two in Tests,[39][40] He finished with 22 Man-of-the-Match awards in ODIs. In 199 ODI match wins, he took 326 wickets at under 19 apiece with a run rate of 3.70 and took 18 four-wicket hauls.[18] His 257 not-out against Zimbabwe in 1996 is the highest innings by a number 8 batsman in tests. He hit 12 sixes in that, most by anyone in a test innings.[41]
Prior to his retirement, he was one of eight senior players dropped for the Sharjah Cup in April 2003, and was then omitted from the Pakistan squad for the subsequent Bank Alfalah Cup triangular series.[42] Due to his omission from the team, he did not participate in a farewell match. Akram fulfilled his contract play for Hampshire until the end of the English season.[43]
Post retirement
Media career
Since retiring from cricket, Akram has worked and taken up commentary for television networks and can currently be seen as a sports commentator for ESPN Star Sports and ARY Digital among others. He did commentary on a variety of sporting tournaments including the 2009 Women’s Cricket World Cup in Australia, the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England, the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa, and the 2011 ICC World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Coaching career
In 2010, Akram was appointed the bowling coach consultant of Kolkata Knight Riders, the Indian Premier League team for Kolkata. Sourav Ganguly was always keen to have Akram as the bowling coach for India, during the former’s stint as Indian captain. Although this never happened, his dreams were realised to some extent, when Akram was appointed as the bowling coach for the franchise.[44] While working for the Kolkata Knight Riders, he was also responsible for the signing of Pakistani domestic left-arm fast-bowler Mohammad Irfan.[45] Akram has also been coaching in Pakistan fast bowling camps, his most notable discovery being the teenage Pakistani bowler Muhammad Amir.
Legacy
Over my 15 or 16 years of playing international cricket in Tests and One Day Internationals, Wasim Akram is definitely the most outstanding bowler I’ve ever faced.
— Former West Indies batsman Brian Lara.[46]
During his professional career he bowled with genuine speed and hostility. Akram was a man possessed of accurate control of line and length, accompanied by seam and swing bowling skills, extended to both inswingers and outswingers. With a very quick bowling action, he could bowl equally well from both sides of the wicket. His mastery of reverse swing with the cricket ball meant he was at his most dangerous towards a bowling innings, and earned him the nickname of one of the “Sultans of Swing”, the other one being Waqar Younis.
As well as often being able to find the edge of the bat, Akram would also focus his bowling attack on the stumps and had a particularly lethal inswinging yorker. Of his 414 Test wickets, 193 were taken caught, 119 were taken leg before wicket and 102 were bowled.[47][48][49] In partnership with Waqar Younis, he intimidated international batsmen in the 1990s. Together Wasim and Waqar, known as “the two Ws” of the Pakistani team, were one of the most successful bowling partnerships in cricket.[50]
Akram was also skilled with the bat and was regarded as a bowling all-rounder. He was especially effective against spin bowlers. However, he liked to slog and was criticised for his lack of high scores and giving away his wicket too cheaply for a player of his talent. He did silence his critics and the media in October 1996 when he scored 257 runs not out, of the team’s total of 553 against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura. He also achieved good scores for the Pakistan team such as his scores of 123 and 45* against Australia to take Pakistan to victory in a low scoring match. His batting was also valuable to the Pakistan ODI side, such as his match winning performance in the Nehru Cup, when needing six runs and two balls to win the match; he hit the first delivery he faced for six runs and secured the cup.
In December 2012 after Ricky Ponting announced his retirement he admitted that Wasim Akram along with Curtly Ambrose were the toughest bowlers he had faced [51] “Akram for the exact opposite, you could get a few runs off him, but you just knew there was an unplayable ball around the corner, be it with an old ball or with a new ball,” – Ricky Ponting [52]
Modeling
Akram walked the ramp at the Pantene Bridal Couture Week 2011 which was an event of Style 360.[53][54]
Award and records
Akram was awarded Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1993 for his sporting achievements. He was awarded Lux Style Award for Most Stylish Sports Person in 2003.
  • In his Test career, Akram took 414 wickets in 104 matches, a Pakistani record, at an average of 23.62 and scored 2,898 runs, at an average of 22.64.[55]
  • In One Day Internationals, Akram took 502 wickets in 356 appearances, at an average of 23.52 and scored 3,717 runs, at an average of 16.52.[2]
  • Akram was the first bowler in international cricket to take more than 400 wickets in both forms of the game and only Muttiah Muralitharan has since achieved this.[2][55]
  • Akram also held the record for the most wickets in Cricket World Cups, a total of 55 in 38 matches. Australia‘s Glenn McGrath broke the record during the 2007 Cricket World Cup, ending with a final tally of 71 from 39 matches.[56] On passing Wasim’s record, McGrath said, “Wasim Akram, to me, is one of the greatest bowlers of all time. Left-armer, swung it both ways with the new ball and he was so dangerous with the old ball. To go past him is something I will always remember. Probably the other side of the coin is that if you play long enough, you’re going to break records here and there.”[57]
  • Akram took four hat-tricks in international cricket, two each in Tests matches and One Day Internationals. He is the only bowler in cricket to have achieved four hat-tricks. He was the third of only three bowlers to have taken two Test cricket hat-tricks, the others being Hugh Trumble and Jimmy Matthews. Akram was also the first of only five bowlers to have taken two One Day International cricket hat-tricks. Akram’s Test hat-tricks are significant, since they were taken in consecutive Test matches in the same series, a game played against Sri Lanka in the 1998-99 Asian Test Championship. Akram is also one of only two bowlers to have taken both a Test match and One Day International hat-trick, the other being Pakistan fast bowler, Mohammad Sami.[58][59]
  • Playing in a Test series against the West Indies at Lahore in 1990–1991, he became one of only six players to have taken four wickets in an over during a Test match. In Akram’s case, these achievement was not part of a hat-trick, the third ball he delivered to the batting opposition was a dropped catch, which allowed a single run.[60][61]
  • Akram has also achieved the highest score by a number eight batsman in Test cricket when he scored 257 runs not out from 363 balls against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura. The innings contained 12 sixes which is also a world record for Test cricket.[62][63]
  • He also has the third highest number of Man of the Match awards in Test cricket, with seventeen.[64]
  • He has scored the record number of runs in One Day International matches by a player who has never scored a One Day International hundred. His highest score was 86 runs.[65]
Cricket controversies
In 1992, after he had been successful against the English batsmen, accusations of ball tampering began to appear in the English media, though no video evidence of foul play was ever found. Akram and Younis had been able to obtain prodigious amounts of movement from both new and old cricket balls. The skill of the reverse swing delivery was relatively unknown in England and around the cricketing world during that period.
A far larger controversy was created when critics alleged that he was involved in match fixing. An inquiry commission was set up by the Pakistan Cricket Board headed by a Pakistan high court judge, Malik Mohammad Qayyum. The judge wrote in his report that:[66]
This commission feels that all is not well here and that Wasim Akram is not above board. He has not co-operated with this Commission. It is only by giving Wasim Akram the benefit of the doubt after Ata-ur-Rehman changed his testimony in suspicious circumstances that he has not been found guilty of match-fixing. He cannot be said to be above suspicion

Great Javed Miandad جاوید میانداد

Javed Miandad
Personal information
Full name
Mohammad Javed Miandad
Born
(1957-06-12) 12 June 1957 (age 55)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Batting style
Bowling style
Role
Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut
9 October 1976 v New Zealand
Last Test
16 December 1993 v Zimbabwe
ODI debut
11 June 1975 v West Indies
Last ODI
8 march 1996 v India
Domestic team information
Years
Team
1975–1991
1980–1985
1976–1979
Career statistics
Competition
Matches
124
233
402
439
Runs scored
8,832
7,381
28,663
13,973
52.57
41.70
53.37
42.60
100s/50s
23/43
8/50
80/139
13/101
Top score
280*
119*
311
152*
Balls bowled
1,470
297
12,690
830
17
7
191
18
40.11
42.42
34.06
34.05
5 wickets in innings
6
10 wickets in match
n/a
n/a
n/a
Best bowling
3/74
2/22
7/39
3/20
Catches/stumpings
93/1
71/2
341/3
142/2
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 March 2009
Mohammad Javed Miandad (Urdu: محمد جاوید میانداد) (born 12 June 1957), popularly known as Javed Miandad (Urdu: جاوید میانداد), is a former Pakistani cricketer who played between 1975 and 1996. He is Pakistan’s leading run scorer in Test cricket. ESPNcricinfo described him that he is “the greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced”.[1] He has served as a captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. He is widely known for – his historic last ball big sixer against India in 1986, when 4 runs were required to win – winning an international game in that fashion for the first time.[2] After his playing career, he has remained the coach of Pakistan cricket team at various occasions, as well as held positions in the Pakistan Cricket Board. He had three coaching stints with the Pakistan national team.[3]
Early life
Javed Miandad was born on 12 June 1957 in Karachi.[4] His parents moved from Palanpur, Gujarat, India.[citation needed] Javed Miandad is a Tyagi (Muslim).[5] Cricket was his family game.[4] He had three brothers play first-class cricket in Pakistan: Anwar Miandad, Sohail Miandad and Bashir Miandad.[6][7][8] His nephew, Faisal Iqbal, is also a Test cricketer.[9]
International career
Test career
Miandad made his Test debut against New Zealand at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on 9 October 1976. He scored 163 in this match, to become the youngest player at the time to do so at an age of 19 years and 119 days.[10] In the same series he scored a double century, and on his way broke George Headley‘s 47 year record, to become the youngest player to achieve the feat.[11]
Pakistan first Test captain, Abdul Hafeez Kardar, when saw the young batsman during 70s, famously predicted Miandad “the find of the decade”.[1] His inclusion in the Pakistan team was itself an achievement. A formidable batting line-up of Majid Khan, Sadiq Muhammad, Zaheer Abbas, Asif Iqbal, Mushtaq Muhammad and Wasim Raja was hard to create any replacements, but Miandad’s raw talent made it possible and he become an integral part of Pakistan’s strong batting line.
Javed Miandad played 124 Test matches, batting in 189 innings. His aggregate of 8,832 Test runs is a Pakistani record. Even though his test career spanned 17 years, he failed to make it into the top-most category of batsmen with test aggregates of over 10,000 runs.[1][12] Miandad’s 23 centuries and 43 fifties were Pakistani national records, until they were broken by Inzamam-ul-Haq. Miandad’s Test career batting average of 52.57 is among the highest for Pakistani batsmen. He scored six double centuries which is the most by a Pakistani and 6th overall. He has honour of scoring centuries in both innings in the 100th test match against New Zealand.[13] He made his highest score of 280 not out against India.Pakistan went on to win that match by an innings and 119 runs.[14]
Miandad scored a Test century in his first match against India at the Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad, in 1978.[15] With 154 not out in the match, he completed his first 1,000 Test runs at the age of 21 years and 126 days.[16] This was his 23rd innings and 14th match. He scored 2,000 Test runs in 42 innings for which he took 24 matches. He also scored centuries in the each innings of a Test match, 104 and 103 not out, against New Zealand at the Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad, in November 1984.[17] He scored six double centuries which are the most by a Pakistan batsman.[16]
In 1992, during the Pakistan tour to England, he scored 153 not out in the first Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham.[18] Since then to his retirement he scored 578 runs, without scoring a century, at the average of 32.11 in 11 Tests. He made only four half-centuries during that period.[19]
One Day International Career
Miandad made his One Day International debut against the West Indies at Edgbaston, Birmingham in the 1975 Cricket World Cup . Interestingly, his last ODI was also a world cup match, and Pakistan lost the match. More, he scored 2 fours and 0 sixes and his strike rate was below 100 in both of his, first and last ODI innings.[20][21] His highest ODI score came against India at the Gaddafi Stadium in a match which Pakistan lost in 1982. He scored 119 not out off 77 balls with a strike rate of 154.54 in the match.[3][22]
Miandad is famously known for last ball six against India during the final of 1986 Austral-Asia Cup. In a great finale, the last over bowled by Chetan Sharma began with 11 runs required. Two wickets fell during the over with Pakistan needing 4 runs and India one wicket from the last ball. Miandad hit the ball, low full-toss from Sharma, for a six into the crowd.[23] Pakistan recorded their first win at a major tournament and Miandad finished his innings with 116 not out.[24][25] This is still considered as one of the most historic moments in the history of ODI cricket and he became a national hero.[3][26][27]
Javed Miandad is the first (and one of the only two, other being Sachin Tendulkar) player to have played in six World Cups, the first six, from 1975 to 1996.
Captaincy
After the retirement of Asif Iqbal following a loss of a series to India, 22 years old Miandad was made the captain of Pakistan.[28] The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) preferred him over the senior cricketers like Zaheer Abbas, Sarfraz Nawaz, Majid Khan and Wasim Bari who were still playing. He faced a little opposition but his first two series as captain, in 1981/82, included a win against Australia, and a credible 0-1 loss to the West Indies.[29][30] After a tough tour of Australia, oppostion to his captaincy gained strength, and his first captaincy period ended during the following home series against Sri Lanka.[31][32]
Coaching and commentary
As a coach, Javed Miandad guided Pakistan to test victories in the Asian Test Championship and in India during 1998-99 season, when Wasim Akram was captain. Miandad also later assisted with coaching Pakistani batsmen.[33]
Following this he was offered broadcasting and coaching positions in India.[34] Also in November 2010 it was being planned to give Miandad a role as a batting coach.[35] Miandad was again appointed as a batting consultant for the 2012 twenty20 World Cup in SriLanka
Personal life
Javed Miandad married Tahira Saigol in 1980. He has two sons and a daughter.[citation needed] His son Junaid Miandad is married to Mahrukh Ibrahim, daughter of Dawood Ibrahim, an Indian born underworld kingpin who currently resides in Dubai. Miandad told the press that his son and Ibrahim’s daughter met while studying together in the UK.[36] In 2011, Miandad recorded Naat for Geo TV; his “Sakoon Paya” was well received by his fans but he did not subsequently read any more Naat.[37]
Records & achievements
Pride of Performance Award Recipient
Presented by
Date
1986
Country
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  • Miandad was amongst the three Pakistani players to have his name in the Hall of Fame at Lords.[38][39][40]
  • In 1986, he had received the President’s Pride of Performance Award.[41]
  • Miandad is one of two cricketers (the other is Sachin Tendulkar) to appear in Six World Cup competitions.[42]
  • In 1982, Wisden named him as one of the cricketers of the year.[4]
  • Javed Miandad scored 1083 runs in 33 matches at 6 World Cup tournaments.[42]
  • He was also declared the 44th best Cricketer of all time in ESPN Legend Of Cricket.
  • He is the youngest player to hit a double-century. He broke George Headley’s 47-year-old record. Now the record is 35 years old[43]
  • Miandad holds the world record for the maximum number of consecutive half centuries in One Day Internationals- 9[44]
Performance
Test performance by opponent
Javed Miandad’s performance in Test matches[1][45]
Opponent
Matches
HS
025 !25
040 !40
0021 !2
01797 !1797
0211 !211
04728 !47.28
006 !6
007 !7
012 !1
1
022 !22
032 !32
006 !6
01329 !1329
0260 !260
05111 !51.11
0021 !1
009 !9
020 !20
-006 !
028 !28
039 !39
006 !6
02228 !2228
0280 !280*
06751 !67.51
005 !5
014 !14
018 !18
-005 !
018 !18
029 !29
005 !5
01919 !1919
0169 !169
05225 !52.25
007 !7
006 !6
020 !20
-004 !
012 !12
016 !16
002 !2
00582 !882
0203 !203*
04157 !41.57
001 !1
002 !2
011 !11
-003 !
016 !16
028 !28
0002 !0
00834 !834
0114 !114
02978 !29.78
001 !1
002 !2
011 !11
-002 !
003 !3
005 !5
0000 !0
00143 !143
0070 !70
02860 !28.60
0000 !0
001 !1
000 !0
-001 !
00000 !Total
0124 !124
0189 !189
021 !21
08832 !8832
0280 !280*
05257 !52.57
023 !23
043 !43
093 !93
001 !1
ODI Performance by Opponent
Miandad’s performance in ODI matches[1][46]
Opponent
Matches
HS
035 !35
033 !33
0033 !3
01019 !1019
0074 !74*
03396 !33.96
0004 !0
007 !0
010 !10
0011 !1
0012 !1
0001 !0
-009 !
00015 !15
0015 !15
01500 !15.00
0004 !0
0003 !0
0003 !0
-009 !
0011 !1
0002 !1
0003 !0
-009 !
-009 !
-009 !
-009 !
-009 !
0002 !0
-008 !
027 !27
027 !27
006 !6
00991 !991
0113 !113
04719 !47.19
0004 !1
010 !10
012 !12
-007 !
035 !35
034 !34
011 !11
01175 !1175
0119 !119*
05108 !51.08
003 !3
006 !6
013 !13
-006 !
001 !1
0000 !0
-005 !
-005 !
-005 !
-005 !
-005 !
-005 !
0001 !0
-005 !
024 !24
020 !20
003 !3
00702 !702
0090 !90*
04129 !41.29
0001 !0
004 !4
006 !6
-004 !
003 !3
003 !3
0000 !0
00145 !145
0107 !107
04833 !48.33
0011 !1
0003 !0
001 !12
-003 !
035 !35
031 !31
010 !10
01141 !1141
0115 !115*
05433 !54.33
002 !2
008 !8
012 !12
-002 !
001 !1
0000 !0
-001 !
-001 !
-001 !
-001 !
-001 !
-001 !
001 !0
-001 !
064 !64
064 !64
007 !7
01930 !1930
0100 !100*
03385 !33.85
001 !1
012 !12
014 !14
001 !1
006 !6
005 !5
001 !1
00263 !263
0089 !89
06575 !65.75
000 !0
003 !3
002 !2
-0001 !
00000 !Total
233 !233
0228 !228
041 !42
07381 !7381
0119 !119*
04170 !41.70
008 !8
050 !50
071 !71
002 !2
Performance Graph
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Javed Miandad’s career performance graph.
 

Javed Miandad

  

Full nameMohammad Javed Miandad Khan
BornJune 12, 1957, Karachi, Sind
Current age 55 years 215 days
Major teams Pakistan, Glamorgan, Habib Bank Limited, Karachi, Sind, Sussex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
RelationBrother – Bashir Miandad,Brother – Anwar Miandad,Brother – Sohail Miandad,Nephew – Faisal Iqbal

Mohammad Javed Miandad Khan
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 124 189 21 8832 280* 52.57 23 43 48 93 1
ODIs 233 218 41 7381 119* 41.70 11014 67.01 8 50 71 2
First-class 402 632 95 28663 311 53.37 80 139 340 3
List A 439 407 79 13973 152* 42.60 13 101 144 2
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 124 36 1470 682 17 3/74 5/94 40.11 2.78 86.4 0 0 0
ODIs 233 12 436 297 7 2/22 2/22 42.42 4.08 62.2 0 0 0
First-class 402 12688 6507 191 7/39 34.06 3.07 66.4 6 0
List A 439 830 613 18 3/20 3/20 34.05 4.43 46.1 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Pakistan v New Zealand at Lahore, Oct 9-13, 1976 scorecard
Last Test Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Lahore, Dec 16-21, 1993 scorecard
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ODI debut Pakistan v West Indies at Birmingham, Jun 11, 1975 scorecard
Last ODI India v Pakistan at Bangalore, Mar 9, 1996 scorecard
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First-class span 1973-1994
List A span 1975-1998
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0 Pakistan Snr v India Snrs Lahore 30 Apr 2006 Other OD
15 Pakistan Snr v India Snrs Sheikhupura 27 Apr 2006 Other OD
16* Pakistan Snr v India Snrs Karachi 23 Apr 2006 Other OD
Profile
Javed Miandad is the greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced. There was little doubt in the mind of Abdul Hafeez Kardar, Pakistan’s first Test captain and influential administrator, when he first laid eyes on him as a youngster in the early 70s and famously predicted Miandad “the find of the decade.” He wasn’t wrong, as a stupendous debut series against New Zealand in 1976 started to prove.