Hanif Mohammad

Country: Pakistan
Born: December 21, 1934, Junagadh, Gujarat, India
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Opening Batter
Died: August 11, 2016, Karachi, (aged 81y 234d)

Hanif Mohammad Bio

Hanif Mohammad, fondly known as the “Little Master,” was a pioneer of Pakistan cricket and played a significant role in transforming the game into a mass sport in his country. Born on December 21, 1934, in Junagadh, Gujarat, Hanif displayed exceptional talent from a young age and quickly made a name for himself as one of the greatest cricketers Pakistan has ever produced.

Hanif’s cricket journey began in his school days, where he demonstrated incredible dedication and skill. His perseverance paid off when he made his first-class debut for Karachi in January 1951, at the age of 16. From that point on, there was no looking back for Hanif, as he consistently performed at an elite level.

One of Hanif’s most notable achievements came in the Test match against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58. With remarkable patience and unwavering focus, he played an epic innings that lasted a staggering 970 minutes, accumulating an astounding 337 runs. This remarkable display of skill and endurance remains the longest individual innings in Test history. Hanif’s sheer determination and grit during this innings not only brought fame to his name but also played a vital role in popularizing cricket among the masses in Pakistan.

Just a year after his record-breaking innings, Hanif further etched his name in cricketing history by scoring an unbeaten 499 runs in a first-class match. This was the highest individual score in first-class cricket at that time. Such extraordinary performances solidified his status as a cricketing legend and earned him immense respect both domestically and internationally.

Hanif’s batting technique was immaculate, characterized by his brilliant defense and tendency to rarely hit the ball in the air. His talent was not limited to his prowess with the bat. He showcased his versatility by captaining the Pakistan cricket team, keeping wickets, and even bowling both right-handed and left-handed in Test matches. He was also credited with being the originator of the reverse-sweep, a shot that has now become an integral part of modern cricket.

Beyond his extraordinary skills and accomplishments, Hanif was known for his humility, modesty, and calm demeanor. He possessed a strong work ethic and served as an inspiration for numerous aspiring cricketers. Throughout his career, he consistently displayed a passion for the game and served as a role model for future generations of Pakistani cricketers.

Hanif Mohammad’s impact on Pakistani cricket cannot be overstated. He paved the way for the nation to become a dominant force in international cricket and inspired countless individuals to pursue the sport. In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Hanif was honored with prestigious awards, including the Pride of Performance and the Sitara-e-Imtiaz.

Hanif Mohammad retired from international cricket in 1969, leaving behind a lasting legacy that continues to inspire and influence generations of cricket enthusiasts in Pakistan and beyond. His remarkable records, exceptional talent, and unwavering dedication have firmly established him as one of the greatest cricketers of all time.

Hanif Mohammad Career Stats

Hanif Mohammad Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 55 97 8 3915 337 43.98 - - 12 15 - 2 40 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 238 370 44 17059 499 52.32 - - 55 66 - - 178 12
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Hanif Mohammad Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 55 13 206 95 1 1/1 1/1 95 2.76 206 0 0 0
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ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 238 - 2766 1510 53 3/4 - 28.49 3.27 52.1 - 0 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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