Published On: Thu, Aug 11th, 2016

Hanif Muhammad is alive and breathing, says son


Hanif Muhammad is alive and breathing, says son

KARACHI: In a dramatic situation, the news that legendary Pakistan batsman Hanif Mohammad has passed away in Karachi proved to be wrong when his son confirmed that his father is still alive.

“I was on way when I received call from hospital that my father has breathed his last. But I was later told by doctors that his heartbeat stopped for at least six minutes and then revived by CTR. It created confusion,” Shoaib Muhammad.

In those six minutes, various media channel run the news that the cricket great has died.

Hanif Mohammad, 81, is first of the greats of Pakistan batting and arguably the best of his era. He is known as ‘Little Master’.

The legendary cricketer is battling with cancer.

Last week, he was shifted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a local private hospital after his condition deteriorated.

In July 2013, he was successfully operated for liver cancer at London Bridge Hospital.

Born in Gujarat, India, Hanif Mohammad – the original Little Master- was a batsman with yogic powers of concentration. His brothers – Mushtaq, Sadiq and Wazir all figured in Tests for Pakistan and as did his son, Shoaib.

Hanif authored the longest ever Test innings in the history of Test cricket – a marathon 970-minute 337 for Pakistan against West Indies at Bridgetown, wherein he compiled century stands with four different players including his brother, Wazir. The hot steak continued as he made 499 for Karachi versus Bahawalpur before being ironically run-out whilst attempting the 500th run, the very next year in 1959. The record stood tall as the highest first-class individual score until Brain Lara eclipsed it in 1994. He also held the unique distinction of making a ton against all his Test opponents in ‘away’ conditions, which highlighted his adaptive abilities.

Interestingly, Hanif was ambidextrous with the ball and also served as an occasional keeper. Following his retirement, he ran the Pakistan International Airlines colts scheme before taking up the position of Pakistan’s batting consultant in 2002.

News Source Samaa & Cricbuzz

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology