Javed Miandad or Hanif Mohammad: Who is Pakistan’s best batsman?
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The Karachi Parsi Institute lies in the heart of old Karachi. It is hallowed ground, a place where history was made some fifty-four years back. On a sultry Karachi afternoon with a few thousand spectators in attendance, Hanif Mohammad crossed Sir Donald Bradman to record the then-highest first class score of 499, a record which stood for thirty-five years. The swaying trees witnessed much but nothing more precious than that nugget.
It was there, in the KPI Cricket ground where I raised the question of who is the greatest ever Pakistani batsman.
In the ensuing debate the names of Zaheer, Majid, Inzamam, Anwar, Yousuf and Asif Iqbal came up as the best batsmen for Pakistan. Disagreements abounded, but eventually everyone agreed on two names between which we must decide, names which represent the different eras of Pakistan cricket: Hanif Mohammad and Javed Miandad.
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