Pakistan batting legend Hanif Mohammad on Thursday passed away at a Karachi hospital after a brief fight back, when doctors claim he was revived after no heartbeat was felt for six minutes. Hanif had passed away at the age of 81 after a battle against cancer and respiratory problems. Sachin Tendulkar was among those to pay immediate tribute to a man who was known as the ‘Little Master’ long before India’s greatest was born.
Hanif Mohammad was put on a ventilator at Karachi’s famous Aga Khan hospital a couple of days back. However, earlier in the day, Hanif’s son Shoaib Mohammad said the doctors pronounced his father dead accidentally.
Shoaib Mohammad said, “God has given him a second chance and I just feel this is due to the prayers of his millions of fans and supporters.”
The cricketing legend #HanifMohammad was always positive and supportive. Have fond memories of meeting him in 2005. RIP
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 11, 2016
My condolences on passing away of one of d icons of d game Hanif Mohammad.
You will continue to live in many hearts. pic.twitter.com/zSchL7DwJ5
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 11, 2016
Hanif Mohammad made his debut against India at New Delhi in 1952 and scored a half-century in his very first innings. In his 55-Test career, Hanif amassed 3915 runs at an average of 43.98, including 12 hundreds. In a first-class career spanning 238 matches, Hanif scored 17059 runs at an average of 52.32.