Batting great Hanif Mohammad still alive

Prince Singh / 11 August 2016

The news that was published in the Dawn which claimed that former Pakistan cricketer Hanif Mohammad had passed away is false.

According to reports in the Dawn, Hanif’s son had said that his father had passed away but later informed the media that the former Pakistan skipper is alive and breathing.

The 81-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago. He had to undergo chemotherapy and surgery for his lung cancer in 2013 in London. He is currently admitted to Aga Khan Hospital after suffering from respiratory complications and congestion.

The first cricket star from Pakistan:

Hanif Mohammad’s role in Pakistan cricket is invaluable. Born on December 31, 1934, Hanif was the first star from Pakistan. Fondly known as the little master, he represented Pakistan in 55 Tests between 1952 and 1969. A right-handed batsman, he scored 3915 runs at an average of almost 44 and hit 12 centuries and 15 half-centuries.

He played a very important role in helping Pakistan earn the Test status. His 64 runs at the top helped the Asian team to defeat Marylebone Cricket Club in a four-day first class game, after the Pakistan team was asked to chase a tough total of 288.

Known for his sound technique, Hanif Mohammad was also a very versatile cricketer. He used to lead the side and occasionally took the role of wicketkeeper. He could also bowl with both the hands in Test cricket. While he was the jack of all trade he was definitely the master of one- batting. His astonishing stay for 970-minute 337 at the crease against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58 – is one of the greatest knocks of the game. The monumental innings is still the longest innings in Test cricket. A year later he broke Sir Don Bradman’s record of highest first-class innings after scoring 499 run out. The mark stood for more than 35 years before being surpassed by Brian Lara in 1994.

Hanif was named as Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1968. In January 2009 the legendary cricketer was a part of the inaugural batch of 55 inductees into the ICC’s Hall of Fame.


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