Cricketing world mourns loss of ‘Little Master’ Hanif Mohammad810 views
KARACHI: The cricketing world mourns the loss of the legendary Pakistan batsman Hanif Mohammad, who passed away today at age of 81 after a prolonged illness.
The 81-year-old was famous for his dogged batting in Pakistan’s nascent years in international cricket, having opened as a schoolboy for the country’s first Test against India in Delhi in 1952.
Short in stature Mohammad — one of four brothers who played for Pakistan and a former national team captain — hit a still unbeaten record of 337 in a marathon 970-minute stay at the crease against the West Indies in Barbados in 1958.
That record earned him the epithet of “Little Master”, which stayed with him for an illustrious career that lasted until 1970 during which he played 55 Tests.
Mohammad surpassed Donald Bradman’s record for the highest first class innings, scoring 499 for Karachi against Bahawalpur in January 1959 — a record which West Indian Brian Lara broke by scoring 501 not out for Warwickshire county against Durham in 1994.
Mohammad died while under treatment at the private Aga Khan hospital after suffering multiple breathing and liver problems, having undergone an operation for liver cancer three years ago.
The cricketing world turned to Twitter to write solemn words for the legendary cricketer.
Rest In Peace Little Master. The Legendary batsmen Hanif Mohammad will be missed but never forgotten.My Love to Shoaib & family at this time
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) August 11, 2016
The cricketing legend #HanifMohammad was always positive and supportive. Have fond memories of meeting him in 2005. RIP
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 11, 2016
Sad day for Pakistan one of the greats “Hanif Mohammad” passed away…..#RIP
— Ian Botham (@BeefyBotham) August 11, 2016
— waqar younis (@waqyounis99) August 11, 2016
Devastated on losing Hanif Mohammed saab. The art of batting today lost its top craftsman. RIP Sir
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) August 11, 2016
Sad to hear the passing away of great Hanif Mohammad-the original Little Master.. So grateful for setting up the show for all us cricketers!
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) August 11, 2016
My condolences on passing away of one of d icons of d game Hanif Mohammad.
You will continue to live in many hearts. pic.twitter.com/zSchL7DwJ5
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 11, 2016
Really sad to hear about the death of our beloved legend M Hanif sahib. May his souls rest in peace. Ameen
— Fawad Alam (@iamfawadalam25) August 11, 2016
From my book on the great Hanif Mohammad. Where ever he rests, I bet he’s still bloody tough to get out. pic.twitter.com/UIrv9fYzcK
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) August 11, 2016
My memory of #HanifMohammad: he & Pataudi played for Rest of The World when 1965 Ind-Pak War happened. They jointly appealed for peace
— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) August 11, 2016
— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) August 11, 2016
The cricketing world mourns the loss of the legendary Pakistan batsman Hanif Mohammad at the age of 81 pic.twitter.com/81l7x5hBXY
— ICC (@ICC) August 11, 2016
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