Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer, Died at 81


Hanif Mohammad was born on December 21, 1934, and died on August 11, 2016.

He was a Pakistan cricketer.

Hanif played for the Pakistani cricket team in 55 Test matches between 1952/53 and 1969/70 and averaged 43.98, with twelve hundreds.

At the peak of his career, Hanif was considered one of the best batsmen in the world.

He played at a time when there was very little Test cricket being played by Pakistan, with just 55 Test matches in a career spanning 17 years.

Mohammad was honoured as the original Little MasterIn his obituary by ESPNCricinfo, a title later assumed by Sachin Tendulkar.

His career lasted until 1975/76, but he never played in the English County Championship, although he did have a single outing for the Northamptonshire Second XI in August 1965 whilst preparing for his appearance for a Rest of the World XI against England at the Scarborough Festival a few days later.

He was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1968 and in January 2009, Mohammad was named along with two other Pakistani players, Imran Khan and Javed Miandad, among the inaugural batch of 55 inductees into the ICC’s Hall of Fame.

Hanif Mohammad passed away at 81 years old.