Google paid homage to the legendary Pakistani batsman, little master, Hanif Mohammad on his 84th birthday. The search engine site published a customized doodle for the legend and acknowledged his efforts for the cricketing fraternity.
In the past, Google has shared special doodles for many prominent personalities of Pakistan including iconic singer, Noor Jehan, philanthropist, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Nazia Hassan. Hanif Mohammad is amongst the few names from the cricketing world who has been featured on Google’s homepage. A man of his stature surely deserves this recognition.
Hanif Mohammad’s career
Hanif was born in Junagadh, India, in 1934, then after Partition, he moved as a 13-year-old with his family to Karachi. Four years later he was making his Test debut against the country of his birth. Despite his tender years, his guarded technique was relied upon to lay the foundations of Pakistan’s batting as they adapted to life in Test ranks.
Mohammad had a passion for cricket since the very beginning, he excelled as a batsman in every match that he played and represented numerous teams during his domestic career. He represented Bahawalpur, Karachi, and PIA.
Hanif Mohammad’s illustrious career lasted for more than 17 years during which he played 55 matches for Pakistan and represented the country as a captain in 11 matches. He scored more than 3900 runs in test cricket and his technique was incomparable.
Records made by Hanif Mohammad
Highest first-class score
Bowlers feared Hanif Mohammad because of his extraordinary batting abilities. In one of the domestic matches, he made 499 for Karachi against Bahawalpur in 1959. This was the highest first-class score for 45 years until Warwickshire’s Brian Lara made 501
Longest Innings in Test cricket
Hanif Mohammad is considered to be one of the best test batsmen Pakistan has ever produced. His phenomenal innings of 337 runs against West Indies was one of the longest ever in Test history, he stood on the crease for more than 16 hours and made an unforgettable record. He played some crucial innings for Pakistan and was rightfully referred as the backbone of the whole team.
The Cricketer Pakistan
The legendary batsman’s passion for cricket was beyond comprehension, he not only showed marvel on the field but also published his own sports magazine. The original ‘Little Master’, Hanif co-founded The Cricketer Pakistan in 1972 and edited the magazine for two decades.
Hanif retired after 17 years at the top, having played 55 Tests and scored 12 centuries. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and had been having treatment for respiratory complications when he passed away in Karachi in 2016 at the age of 81. Hanif’s son Shoaib Mohammad also played Test cricket for Pakistan and displayed the same powers of concentration as his father during 45 Tests. His son carried forward his legacy beautifully. Hanif’s relentless efforts for cricket have registered his name in the cricketing world forever and he shall always be missed!
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