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Haneef Mohammad

Haneef Mohammad

Born in what we now know as Junagadh, India on December 21, 1934; Haneef Mohammad went on to get his name immortalized by his own athletic displays. His career with the Pakistani team is composed of 55 test matches in the middle of the years 1952-53 to 1969-70 with a 43.98 average with over twelve hundreds.

Haneef Mohammad is widely known amongst the fans of the sport because of his triple century he scored against West Indies in a test match of six day duration at Bridgetown during 1957-58. Subsequently Pakistan got leverage and followed the first inning deficit of 473 runs on the third day afternoon. He spent over sixteen hours on the pitch gathering that grandeur of a score. It still stands as the longest innings in the history of test matches; also as the lengthiest in the entire first class cricket for more than forty years.

Haneef Muhammad

Haneef Muhammad

This is the only match when a triple century was acquired during the second inning of any team. Performing such marvelous tasks of athletics earned him the title of “Little Master”. Following that he acquired another record as he exceeded the record of Don Bradman for the most runs scored during a first class innings. Hanif Mohammad made 499 runs when he got run out on his five hundredth run. This record stood fast for 35 years when in 1994 Brian Lara surpassed it. In all Haneef made 55 first-class centuries and ended his career with a strong average of 52.32. He was one of those people who could bowl with either arm also he served his time as a wicket keeper on several occasions.

Ending his career in 1975-76, Haneef never played in the English County Championship, though he did have a single outing for Northampotnshire Second XI in August 1995 while preparing for an appearance in the England against the Rest of the World XI at Scarborough Festival after a few days. He was also named as a Wisden Cricketer of the year for 1968 and he was named among Javed Miandad and Imran Khan among the opening batch of 55 inductees into the Hall of Fame for ICC in January 2009. Last but not the least Haneef Mohammad also received the Pride of Performance Award 1958.

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