Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani cricket legend, passed away on Thursday, August 11. Reports had earlier surfaced that Hanif had come back to life after losing his heartbeat for 6 minutes. This was preceded by reports saying that hanif had passed away in the morning. It was reported earlier that Hanif had passed away after suffering from a prolonged illness. Earlier this week, Hanif had been put on the ventilator as his condition had deteriorated. The 81-year-old had been admitted to Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi as his respiratory complications had worsened. He had been detected with suffering from Lungs cancer. Hanif had been suffering from the ailment for 3 years and was having breathing problems.
Hanif holds the highest runs scored in an innings by a Pakistani(337), followed by the legendary Inzamam Ul Haq(329). In the 55 tests he represented Pakistan, Hanif scored 3,915 runs at an average of 43.98. Earlier in July, Hanif’s son Shoaib Mohammad, an international test cricketer himself had told reporters that Hanif’s surgery in London had brought his cancer under control but the biopsy had confirmed that it had spread with the passage of time. He had informed the media that chemotherapy wasn’t helping his father anymore.
Hanif, who was widely known as the “Little Master” from Pakistan, was considered an exceptional talent as he tried his hands in various aspects of the game. Apart from leading the national team, Hanif could bowl with both hands and did that with success in test cricket. He played his last test in New Zealand in 1969, finishing his career with 12 centuries. He was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in January 2009 for his contribution to the game of cricket and its development in Pakistan.