KARACHI: The original little master of the world cricket, Hanif Mohammad lost the battle of his life on Thursday at a private hospital in Karachi.
The legendary Pakistani batsman was 81 years old, he was admitted to hospital last month citing some issues with respiration.
Almost three years back, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and it seemed like it was recurring. Last week, he was shifted to ventilator by the doctors and his condition was worsening constantly.
Earlier today, Shoaib Mohammad communicated reporters that his father has passed away, however, after some time he negated it saying that he has got back the heart beat after six minutes.
Hanif Mohammad played 55 test matches for Pakistan and scored 3,915 runs at an average of 43.98. He played an astounding inning against the West Indies of 337 runs in a match saving cause. He spent 60 hours on the crease, which is still the longest inning of cricketing history.
His score of 337 runs is still the highest individual score for any Pakistani batsman in test matches. Furthermore, he held the record of highest individual score in a first class for a long time. He scored 499 runs, he got run out while running for the 500th run. Later, this record was broken by Brian Charles Lara by scoring 500 runs in a first class game.