Majid Khan (Cricketer)

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Majid Jahangir Khan (Urdu: ماجدخان is a former cricketer, a former captain of the Pakistan cricket team and one of the most attractive, entertaining and fearless batsmen of his time. In his prime, Majid Khan (often referred to as "Majestic Khan" by the British press) was considered one of the best batsmen in the world, able to decimate any bowling attack, including the mighty West Indian fast bowlers of that era. It is a shame that over an 18-year Test career, he only played in 63 Test matches, primarily because Pakistan played a very limited Test match schedule. Thus, the cricketing world was deprived of the pleasure of watching one of the greatest exponents of batting in the world. Khan's first-class career spanned 1961 to 1985. Overall, he played 63 Tests for Pakistan, scoring 3,931 runs with 8 centuries, scored over 27,000 first-class runs and made 73 first-class centuries, with 128 fifties.[1] Majid Khan- ESPNCricinfoMajid played his last Test for Pakistan in January 1983 against India at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore and his last One Day International (ODI) was in July 1982 against England at Old Trafford, Manchester.
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Majid Khan

  • Nationality:

    Pakistan

  • Religion:

    Islam

  • Profession:

    Cricketer

  • Born
  • Date:

    28 September 1946

  • Place:

    Ludhiana, Punjab

  • Family
  • Children:

    Bazid Khan

  • Parents:

    M Jahangir Khan

  • Siblings :

    Asad Jahangir Khan

  • Relatives:

    Cousin - Javed Burki, Cousin - Imran Khan

  • Career
  • National Side:

    Pakistan

  • Team Role:

    Bowler

  • Bowling Style:

    Right-arm medium Right-arm off break

  • Batting Style:

    Right-hand batsman

  • Matches:

    63 in Tests, 23 in ODIs

  • Wickets :

    27 in Tests, 13 in ODIs

  • Bowling Average:

    53.92 in Tests, 28.76 in ODIs

  • Batting Average:

    38.92 in Tests, 37.42 in ODIs

  • 5 wickets in Innings :

    - in Tests, - in ODIs

  • Best Bowling:

    4/45 in Tests, 3/27 in ODIs

  • Catches/Stumpings:

    70/- in Tests, 3/- in ODIs

  • Balls Bowled:

    3584 in Tests, 658 in ODIs

  • Runs Scored:

    3931 in Tests, 786 in ODIs

  • Test Debut:

    24 October 1964 v Australia

  • Test Last:

    23 January 1983 v India

  • ODI Debut:

    11 February 1973 v New Zealand

  • ODI Last:

    19 July 1982 v England

  • 100s / 50s:

    8/19 in Tests, 1/7 in ODIs

  • Top Score:

    167 in Tests, 109 in ODIs

  • Domestic team:

    Cambridge University, Glamorgan, Lahore, Pakistan International Airlines, Punjab, Queensland, Rawalpindi

Career

Majid Khan Nice Photo
Majid Khan Nice Photo

Early Career

All grace and fluency, Majid Khan played in the spirit of an English amateur of a bygone era. He had a distant air which sometimes gave the impression that he wasn't really trying. Majid was a Cambridge Blue and he followed his father Jahangir Khan into Test cricket, though he never matched his father's feat of hitting a sparrow in flight at Lord's.He started his career as a pace bowler, but a back injury and doubts over the legitimacy of his bouncer turned him into an occasional offspinner. His batting prowess quickly moved him up the order, and he eventually formed one half of a highly successful opening partnership with Sadiq Mohammad. Majestic driving and hooking were his hallmarks, and he could score effortlessly at speed.

Test career

Majid Khan Going To Batting
Majid Khan Going To Batting
Majid's Test career started in 1964 against Australia at National Stadium, Karachi. Khan is one of only four batsmen (the other three are Trumper, Macartney and Bradman) to have scored a century before lunch in a test match, scoring 108 not-out off 112 balls against New Zealand in Karachi during the 1976-77 test series.[2] Records-Test matches- Cricinfo Khan made his ODI debut against New Zealand in 1973 at Lancaster Park, New Zealand. He also holds the unique honour of scoring the first one-day century for Pakistan, in an ODI against England at Trent Bridge on 31 August 1974.Khan scored 109 from 93 balls with 16 fours and a six.[3] England v Pakistan- CricketArchive Majid had played for Lahore since 1961/62 and had made his Test debut against Australia in 1964/65 and toured England and Wales with the 1967 Pakistanis. During a match with Glamorgan, Majid blasted a rapid 147 in 89 minutes, hitting Roger Davis for five sixes in one over. Wilf Wooller, the club secretary, had been a close friend of Majid's father when Dr Jahangir Khan had been up at Cambridge, and the influential Glamorgan secretary persuaded Glamorgan county to sign him as the overseas player from 1968. In 1972 he won the Walter Lawrence Trophy for the season fastest century which he scored in 70 minutes for Glamorgan against Warwickshire. He captained the Welsh county between 1973 and 1976, scored over 9000 runs punctuated with 21 first-class centuries for them. Imran Khan, the legendary Pakistani ex-captain and fast bowler, and Javed Burki are his cousins. Bazid Khan, Majid's son, has also played for Pakistan, making the family the second, after the Headleys, to have three consecutive generations of Test cricketers.[4] Bazid keeps- BBC

One Day International

Initially, Majid Khan continued to boost Pakistan's middle order, until he was promoted to fill the opener's slot with Sadiq Mohammad in 1974.He was the first century scorer for Pakistan in One Day International Cricket, scoring 108 runs against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in the same season. Majid Khan was also a specialist slip fielder and made most catches look easy. Khan was also well known as a "walker", maintaining the standards of the game in an era when professionalism was straining at the game's traditional etiquette.The 1976-77 tour of West Indies was the most remarkable period for Majid Khan, where he scored 530 test runs against one of the most powerful bowling attacks in the history of the game. His best innings was perhaps the 167 in Pakistan's second innings at Georgetown that saved Pakistan from likely defeat. Pakistan lost that series 2-1.

Post Retirement

After retirement from International Cricket, Khan became an administrator with the Pakistan Cricket Board, becoming the CEO of the board in mid-1990s.[5] Profile: Majid Khan- lords He now lives in Islamabad.


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