Former cricketer, Hanif Mohammad was born on 21 December 1934. Considered one of the best batsmen in the world, Hanif played for the Pakistan cricket team in 55 Test matches between 1952/53 and 1969/70 and averaged
Former cricketer, Hanif Mohammad was born on 21 December 1934. Considered one of the best batsmen in the world, Hanif played for the Pakistan cricket team in 55 Test matches between 1952/53 and 1969/70 and averaged 43.98, with twelve hundreds. Regrettably, Hanif played cricket at a time when there was very little Test cricket being played by Pakistan, with just 55 Test matches in a career spanning 17 years.
The highest of Hanif's Test centuries was a famous 337 made against West Indies in a six-day test at Bridgetown in 1957/58. After Pakistan found itself following on from a first-innings deficit of 473 runs on the afternoon of the third day, Hanif spent more than sixteen hours at the crease compiling his runs, allowing Pakistan to draw the game. It remains the longest innings in Test history and stood as the longest in all first-class cricket for over 40 years. It was the only Test match instance of a triple century in a team's second innings until it was equalled by New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum against India in 2014. Displays such as this earned Hanif the nickname "Little Master".
In 1958/59, Hanif Mohammad surpassed Don Bradman's record for the highest individual first-class innings. Hanif made 499 before being run out attempting his five hundredth run; this mark stood for more than 35 years before being passed by Brian Lara in 1994. In all he made 55 first-class centuries and finished with a strong first-class career average of 52.32. He could bowl with both arms and kept wicket on a number of occasions. He is known to have played the slowest test innings when he scored 20 off 223 balls at a strike rate of 8.968
Hanif Mohammad’s career lasted until 1975/76, but he never played in the English County Championship, although he did have a single outing for the Northamptonshire Second XI in August 1965 whilst preparing for his appearance for a Rest of the World XI against England at the Scarborough Festival a few days later. Hanif was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1968. In January 2009, he was named along with two other Pakistani players, Imran Khan and Javed Miandad among the inaugural batch of 55 inductees into the ICC's Hall of Fame.
In a Test match against Australia, Hanif Mohammad scored a century in the first innings. In the second innings he was wrongly given stumped out by Barry Jarman off the bowling of Tom Veivers for 93, just 7 runs short of his second century in the Test. He respected the umpire's decision. Later in a press conference Jarman admitted that Hanif was not out.
His brothers Mushtaq, Sadiq, Wazir and son Shoaib all played Tests for Pakistan. Another brother Raees was once twelfth man for Pakistan, and four nephews had first-class careers. His mother Ameer Bee was a national badminton champion in pre-independence India.
Hanif was trained by Abdul Aziz, an Afghani cricket player, who had earlier played in Ranji Trophy for Jamnagar and father of Indian cricketer, Salim Durani.
The 81 year old, cricketing legend died at the Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi on Thursday 11th August 2016. He was suffering from lung cancer for which he underwent surgery in London in 2013.