The irrepressible former Pakistan player and coach reflects on the defeat and Misbah-ul-Haq's disastrous shot, comparing it to his own astonishing effort, the last ball six in Sharjah which led to a historic win.
He is responsible for a team which has immense talent but is bogged down by more problems off the field than on it. After Outlook's expose of the Pakistan match-fixing inquiry report, which indicted several top players, Pakistan coach Javed Miandad s
He's a cricket legend, albeit eccentric. Who keeps chewing paan and spitting into a bottle that he carries along with him. On the first day of the Chennai Test, as Pakistani wickets tumbled, coach Javed Miandad spoke to Aniruddha Bahal. Excerpts:
The team at the moment is trying to bury the opposition with the mountain of runs its proven batsmen can plunder. But what happens when they are dismissed for 240? They stand little chance for they haven't invested in bowlers.
The players must look him in the face and convey a sense of complete confidence. If they withdraw in the hope it would give him space to rediscover his belief, they might, unwittingly, end up shattering him completely.
'It will be far too easy to place the blame on Sachin for having batted too slowly on the second afternoon. But if you ask me India still had the right lead and five sessions to clean up Pakistan. They couldn't manage to do it.'