‘Little Master’ Hanif Mohammad laid to rest

Karachi—Legendary Pakistani cricketer Hanif Mohammad ‘Little Master’ was laid to rest on Friday in Karachi.
Hanif Mohammad’s funeral prayers were offered today, which were led by Mufti Taqi Usmani at Nomani Masjid, Al-hilal Society. The prayers were also attended by Saeed Ghani, Jahangir Khan and Zaheer Abbas.
Later on, the legendary cricketer was laid to rest at PECHS society graveyard.
The former Test cricketer and also player of the world’s longest Test innings, had lost a prolonged battle with cancer on Thursday.
The legendary cricketer had been facing health complications and undergoing treatment for lung cancer, doctors at the Aga Khan hospital had informed.
The cricket legend, nicknamed “Little Master” played the longest innings in Test history — his 970-minute 337 against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58. The knock was followed a year later with the highest first-class innings to that point, 499 run out.
Hanif was known for his defensive batting but could attack when the situation called for it, and many claim he is the originator of the reverse-sweep.
The 81-year-old was famous for his dogged batting in Pakistan’s nascent years in international cricket, having opened as a schoolboy for the country´s first Test against India in Delhi in 1952.
In January 2009, Hanif 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.—APP

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