‘Little Master’ Hanif Mohammad died at the age 81.
The world record holder for the longest test innings has died in Karachi, Pakistan at the age of 81 years. He was suffering from Lung cancer and was admitted to Agha Khan Hospital Karachi. He was in ICU since 8 August and was on ventilator. His son requested Pakistani nation to pray for his health. Hanif Mohammad also undergone treatment from London when he was first diagnosed lung cancer way back in 2013.
Hanif Mohamad was born in Junagadh in Indian state of Gujarat. He then moved to Pakistan after Independence and played test cricket for Pakistan. He has four more brothers and 3 of them also played for Pakistan. Hanif Mohammad son Shoaib Mohammad also played for Pakistan and was an opener in mid 80’s. Many of his family members also played first class cricket for Pakistan. Once can say that he belongs to a pure cricketing family.
Hanif Mohammad played 55 test matches for Pakistan and scored 3915 runs with an average of 43.98. He also played the longest innings for Pakistan and scored 337 runs against West Indies in Barbados which saved test match for Pakistan after follow on. He stayed at the wicket for 970 minutes. This innings is still considered as the longest test innings by any test player in test match history. Hanif was famous for his strong defense.
Hanif Mohammad was also co-founder of the magazine “The Cricketer” in 1972. It was then the most famous cricketing magazine in Pakistan for more than two decades. Many of the famous former cricketers paid tribute to Hanif Mohammad for what he achieved for cricket and for Pakistan. This includes David Richardson, Shehyar Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Najam Sethi and many more.
Hanif Mohammad triple century was a great innings at the time when West Indies fast bowling attack was considered as the best bowling attack in the world. The ICC recognized his achievements to the game of cricket and included him in “ICC Hall of Fame”.