‘Little Master’ Hanif Muhammad passes away
Karachi: Pakistan cricket team’s former Test Captain, the ‘Little Master’ Hanif Muhammad has passed away here on Thursday, confirmed a doctor at Agha Khan Hospital Karachi over a beeper.
Earlier today, he was pronounced dead as informed by one of his relatives to Shoaib Muhammad, the son of Hanif Muhammad. But his heartbeat revived after 6 minutes of inactivity
Some days ago, he had been shifted to ventilator because he was having pain in chest and trouble in respiratory system.
Hanif Muhammad was suffering from kidney cancer and being treated in Karachi’s Agha Khan Hospital.
Later, his son Shaoiab Muhammad, also a former national Test Cricketer, told a media house that he was informed by a friend present at the hospital that his father had passed away.
He said he was at home at that time and was ready to visit his father when doctors called him and told that his father, Hanif Muhammad, was still alive.
Additionally, Pakistan Premier Nawaz Sharif had announced that federal government would bear all medical expenses of the ailing cricketer.
Moreover, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ai Shah had also visited him at the hospital and presented a cheque worth one million rupees.
The cricket legend did hold the record of the longest innings in test cricket history, his 970-minute 337 runs against West Indies in 1957-58.
The ‘Little Master’ Hanif Muhammad was known for his defensive batting but could also attack when the situation called for it.
He was known as the originator of the reverse-sweep. Hanif represented Pakistan in 55 Tests, scoring 3,915 runs at an average of 43.98. He did hold the record for highest score (337) in an innings by a Pakistani batsman followed by Inzamamul Haq (329) and Younus Khan (313).
He scored 12 centuries during his illustrious career and was the 5th captain of the Pakistan cricket team.