Full name Hanif Mohammad
Born December 21, 1934, Junagadh, Gujarat, India
Current age 81 years 51 days
Major teams Pakistan, Bahawalpur, Karachi, Pakistan International Airlines
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||India v Pakistan at Delhi, Oct 16-18, 1952 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v New Zealand at Karachi, Oct 24-27, 1969 scorecard|
|First-class span||1951/52 - 1975/76|
Hanif was the first star of Pakistan cricket, the "Little Master" who played the longest innings in Test history - his 970-minute 337 against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58 - then followed it a year later with the highest first-class innings to that point, 499 run out. With such feats, broadcast on radio, he turned cricket in Pakistan from the preserve of the Lahore educated elite into the mass sport it is today. Although famous for his immaculate defence and never hitting the ball in the air, Hanif could also attack, and was probably the originator of the reverse-sweep. His versatility extended to captaining and keeping wicket, and bowling right- and left-handed in Test cricket. But in addition to being the jack of all trades, he was the master of one.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1968
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