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Legendary Pakistani cricketer Hanif Mohammad passes away

Aug 12, 2016 08:13 ISTShilpika Srivastava

Hanif MohammadHanif Mohammad, the original 'Little Master,’ passed away on 11 August 2016 in Karachi, Pakistan. He was 81.

Hanif was diagnosed with the cancer in 2013, for which he received treatment in London.

About Hanif Mohammad

Born on 21 December 1934, Hanif Mohammad was a Pakistani cricketer.

He played for the Pakistani cricket team in 55 Test matches between 1952–1953 and 1969–1970.

At his peak, he was considered one of the best batsmen in the world.

He played 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.

He was trained by Abdul Aziz, an Afghan cricket player, who had earlier played in Ranji Trophy for Jamnagar.

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. It remains the longest innings in Test history.

He is known to have played the slowest test innings when he scored 20 off 223 balls at a strike rate of 8.968

He 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.

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