Pakistan's 'Little Master' is dead
Hanif Mohammad, Pakistan cricket's 'Little Master' who lasted 970 minutes in what is still the longest innings in test history, died yesterday. He was 81.
Hanif died in hospital in his home town of Karachi, his son, Shoaib Mohammad, said. He did not give the cause of death, but hospital spokesman Rasool Sarang said Hanif had cancer. He gave no further details.
Hanif played the longest individual test innings against West Indies at Barbados in 1958, scoring 337 runs. At the time it was also the highest individual Test score, and his lengthy vigil at the crease helped Pakistan to draw the Test match by scoring 657-8 in the second innings after they had been dismissed for just 106.
Brian Lara of West Indies holds the current record of most Test runs in an innings 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004.
Hanif also held the record of the highest first-class score run out on 499 while playing for Karachi in 1959. That record lasted until Lara hit 501 not out in 1994.
Famed for his solid defence, Hanif scored 3,915 runs in 55 Test matches with 12 centuries and 15 half centuries at an average of 43.98.