Earlier today, Hanif Mohammad was declared dead however, the declaration was retracted soon thereafter. As per his son, he was still alive and the reports were false. We can now confirm that Hanif Mohammad has indeed passed away. May his soul reset in peace.
Born on December 21, 1934 in Junagarh, Gujrat, India, late Hanif Mohammad was the first star of Pakistan cricket, the “Little Master”, a right-handed batsman who played the longest innings in Test history – his 970-minute 337 against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58 that saved Pakistan from imminent defeat. It was also the only Test match instance of a triple century in a team’s second innings until it was equalled by New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum against India in 2014. A year later, this memorable inning of Hanif Mohammad was followed with the highest first-class innings of 499 runs to that point in time. Unfortunate run out, but this mark stood for more than 35 years before being surpassed by Brian Lara in 1994.
Hanif Mohammad, a man with nerves of steel often weathered storms with his immaculate technique when Pakistan’s batting line-ups collapsed. In 1958-59, Hanif surpassed Sir Don Bradman’s record for the highest individual first-class innings.
He was famous for his immaculate defence with no hitting the ball in the air, Hanif could also attack, and was probably the originator of the reverse-sweep. Hanif Muhammad was indeed a master batsman. He also kept the wickets at times as well as captained the Pakistan team. As a bowler, he took 1 test wicket and 53 first class wickets. Interesting enough, he could deliver ball with both right and left hands but batted with the right.
He played 55 tests and 238 first class matches with an average of 44 and 52, respectively. Scored 3915 runs with 12 centuries and 15 half centuries, highest test score 337. First ever test match he played was against India in Delhi in October 1952 and the last test against New Zealand in October 1969.
Hanif Mohammad is regarded as one of Pakistan’s finest batsmen and played an integral role in Pakistan achieving Test status. Pakistan was granted Test status after the team rode on Hanif’s invaluable 64 runs at the top-order to win a four-day first class contest against Marylebone Cricket Club, chasing down a daunting 288-run target at the Karachi Gymkhana cricket ground.
The 81-year-old, who was suffering from lung cancer for which he underwent surgery in London in 2013. Hanif was admitted to the Aga Khan Hospital three weeks ago after he faced breathing problems and put ventilator this week after his health deteriorated further.
Hanif was named as Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1968. In January 2009, Hanif, along with two other Pakistani players (Imran Khan and Javed Miandad) were part of the inaugural batch of 55 inductees into the ICC’s Hall of Fame.
May he rest in peace, and his family have the patience to bid him farewell.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.