Leaning back and thumping the fast bowlers towards the cover region was one of Majid Khan’s favorite and signature shots. Born in Ludhiana, Punjab of British India, Majid Jahangir Khan is perhaps one of the finest batsmen produced by Pakistan. He was born on the 28th of September in 1946 in a Burki Pashtun family. The family later migrated to Pakistan.
Majid’s father Jahangir Khan was also a cricketer as he played for British-India before the partition of the sub-continent. Majid perhaps developed and inherited his cricketing skills from his father and was known as the most aggressive batsman of his generation.
He played for almost two decades for Pakistan and his career had a total of sixty-three Test matches. It was because Pakistan used to play very fewer Test matches at that time.
Majid Khan’s batting skills were known to everyone. He used to dominate the mighty West-Indian bowling attack during his prime. Majid played 63 Test matches for Pakistan and he also featured in 23 One-Day international matches for Pakistan.
He scored 8 hundreds and 19 half-centuries in his Test career. His career average of 38.92 perhaps doesn’t justify his talent but Majid Khan was an eye-pleasing batsman who used to dominate almost every kind of bowling attack on his day.
Majid started his Test career in 1964 against Australia at the National Stadium of Karachi. He’s also one of the six batsmen in the world to have scored a Test hundred before lunch.
The other five batsmen are Trumper, Macartney, Don Bradman, Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner. He played his last Test match in January 1983 whilst he ended his ODI career in February 1973 against New Zealand.
County Career and Achievements:
In a side match against Glamorgan County Cricket Club, Majid Khan smacked a quick-fire 147 in just one and a half hours. It was his innings of 147 in that match which tempted the club secretary of Glamorgan Wilf Wooller to persuaded the management of the Glamorgan Country Cricket Club to sign this new kid from Pakistan for the upcoming County Championship.
Wooller was a close friend with Majid’s father Jahangir Khan. He won the Walter-Lawrence trophy in 1972 playing for Glamorgan and he also scored the second-fastest century of that tournament against Warwickshire in mere 70 minutes.
He scored over nine-thousand runs in his County career where he also captained the Welsh County between 1973 and 1976 with 21 first-class centuries for them. Majid Khan is also the cousin of the current prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan.
Majid Khan’s son Bazid Khan also played for Pakistan and the family of cricketers continued to serve Pakistan. Majid later joined the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after his retirement as the Chief Executive Officer (CE0) in the mid-1990s.