@zxaar’s comments in a Cricinfo article prompted this post. He commented that – “He (Miandad) was not great outside of pakistan where he was helped by home umpires. Not a true great. Miadad’s case states lie due to favour from umpires.“
I’m an Indian cricket fan and grew up seeing Miandad snatch victory from India in a number of cricket matches. I never doubted his greatness, so I decided to analyze cricket data to accept or reject @zxaar’s assertion. My analysis proves and bolsters Javed Miandad’s greatness.
So I replied to @zxaar in the Cricinfo article –
@zxaar – I don’t agree with your comment re: Miandad. You said – “He (Miandad) was not great outside of pakistan where he was helped by home umpires. Not a true great. Miadad’s case states lie due to favour from umpires.”
I analyzed Miandad’s ODI performance and his record against all opponents, in all countries in the world indicate his greatness. My analysis is posted on http://www.rcasts.com/2010/09/cricket-opinions-and-facts.html
FYI, I’m an Indian cricket fan and vividly remember his last ball six against India, as well as his “Kiran More imitation”. I wanted him out every time he played against us but, he was a champion, although from another team.
In fact, Miandad scored more # runs/match in One Day Cricket when he played outside Pakistan (see Table 1).
There is close correlation between “% Matches” and “% Runs” in Table 1 and Table 2, which indicates that he played equally well where-ever he played and who-ever he played against. In other words, he did not really favor a ground or a team. He was brutal against all teams, in every country he played.
Table 1: Javed Miandad’s One Day Cricket record in various countries
|Ground||# Runs||# Matches||Runs per Match||% Matches||% Runs|
|United Arab Emirates||1052||34||30.9||15%||14%|
Table 2: Javed Miandad’s One Day Cricket record against various countries
|Opponent||# Runs||# Matches||Runs per Match||% Matches||% Runs|
Note: I’ve removed records for countries where or against whom he did not bat or played only 1 match.