Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Google pays tribute to legendary cricketer Hanif Muhammad

ISLAMABAD: Google paid tribute to Pakistan’s legendary cricketer Little Master Hanif Mohammad with its doodle feature on his 84th birthday which was celebrated on December 21.

Google honours prominent personalities and occasions with special logos that it calls ‘doodles’. The search engine giant posted a Doodle to mark the birth anniversary of Hanif Mohammad on Friday (today).

Hanif Mohammad, also known as “The Original Little Master”, numerous records in Test cricket-the sport’s highest level. He played the longest innings in history (16 hours) and had become the first Pakistani player to score a triple century.

“Hanif and his record-breaking athleticism are even credited with helping popularize cricket in Pakistan,” Google wrote. Hanif Mohammad was born on December 21, 1934 in the Indian city of Junagadh. He came from a family of cricketers, which included brothers Raees Mohammad, Mushtaq Mohammad and Shoaib Mohammad. His son Shoaib also played cricket on a national level. His grandson Shehzar Mohammad also played first class cricket.

He played for Bahawalpur, Karachi and the Pakistan International Airlines. He made his international debut against India in New Delhi in 1952 and played the last game of his career against New Zealand in Karachi in 1969. Mohammad played 55 Tests for Pakistan and scored 3,915 runs. He became the first Pakistani batsman to score a triple century in Test cricket as he scored 337 runs against the West Indies in Barbados.

He scored 17,059 runs in 238 first class games with 499 runs being his highest score. The batsman also captained Pakistan in 11 Test matches. He was also a bowler as well as a wicket keeper. He passed away on August 11, 2016 in Karachi.

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