: حنیف محمد
) (born 21 December 1934 in Junagadh
) is a former Pakistan cricketer
. He played for the Pakistani cricket team
in 55 Test matches
between 1952/53 and 1969/70 and averaged
43.98, with twelve hundreds.
The highest of Hanif's Test centuries was a famous 337 made against West Indies
in a six-day test at Bridgetown in 1957/58. After Pakistan found itself following on from a first-innings deficit of 473 runs on the afternoon of the third day, Hanif spent more than sixteen hours at the crease compiling his runs, allowing Pakistan to draw the game. It remains the longest innings in Test history (and stood as the longest in all first-class cricket
for over 40 years). It is the only Test match instance of a triple century in a team's second innings. Displays such as this earned him the nickname "Little Master".
In 1958/59, he surpassed Don Bradman
's record for the highest individual first-class innings. Hanif made 499 before being run out attempting his five hundredth run; this mark stood for more than 35 years before being eclipsed by Brian Lara
in 1994. In all he made 55 first-class centuries and finished with a strong first-class career average of 52.32. He could bowl with either arm, and kept wicket
on a number of occasions.
Hanif's career lasted until 1975/76, but he never played in the English County Championship
, although he did have a single... Read More