Former test cricketer,Little Master Hanif Mohammad passed away at the age of 81 in Karachi on Thursday, August 11, 2016. The news of his death was confirmed by his son, Shoaib Mohammad.
The legendary cricketer was suffering from lungs cancer. He was under treatment at Aga Khan Hospital, Karachi for a week. He also went through a surgery in 2013 in London. In his last days, his health condition was very bad and he was surviving on a ventilator. The doctors informed that he was in a very critical state.
Earlier yesterday, his weak heartbeat was mistaken for his death but later, his pulse dropped completely and was declared dead.
Achievements of the Legendary Cricketer Hanif Mohammad-Little Master Hanif Mohammad
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He was given the title – Little Master. He represented Pakistan in 55 test matches. He managed to score a total of 3,915 runs at an average of 43.98 between the years 1952 – 1953 and 1969 – 1970.
He is known to play the longest innings in the test cricket. He was praised for his batting in 1958 when he saved Pakistan a test match that was a lost case if not for him. He played for 970 minutes and in this duration won the match as well as the hearts of the audiences.
He scored the highest first-class score of 499 runs in Karachi against Bahawalpur in 1959. No one could beat his record for 35 years until Brian Lara scored 501 runs, surpassing his record in Warwickshire against Durham.
He was famous for his defensive techniques on the cricket pitch. Little Master Hanif Mohammad received a lifetime achievement award in 2008 for his outclass performance throughout his cricket career. He also was selected as an opener alongside Saeed Anwar by Cricinfo jury in 2010 for all time Pakistan Test XI.
Hanif was an editor of the magazine The Cricketer for two decades. He co-founded this magazine in 1972 after his retirement from international cricket.
Little Master Hanif Mohammad served as a manager to the Pakistan International Airline team. Under his supervision and guidance, the team won a local one-day tournament. The team won Wills Cup for consecutive three years back in 1980’s.
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Hanif is regarded as the Father of Cricket in Pakistan. He made splendid contributions to cricket. He was an inspiration to all batsmen. He took batting to the next level. His contributions are not only regarded in Pakistan but in the world of international cricket.
Born in the Indian state of Junagadh in December 1934, Hanif came to Pakistan with his four brothers after partition in 1947. His death is regarded as a great loss for Pakistan and cricket. Cricketers from all over the world have sent their condolences and shared grief.
David Richardson, the chief executive of ICC paid tribute to the Little Master. He shared how his triple century against West Indies left a never ending impact on everyone who witnessed it. Richardson said that he was a great cricketer and it is no surprise that he was one of the original inductees into ICC Hall of Fame.
The great sportsman will be missed but the world can never forget him!
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