Hanif’s grand­son hits first­class dou­ble ton, keeps fam­ily legacy alive

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTSPORTSMAX - HT Cor­re­spon­dent sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: She­hzar Mo­ham­mad, grand­son of Pak­istan cricket leg­end Hanif Mo­ham­mad, slammed a dou­ble hun­dred for Karachi Whites against Mul­tan in a Quaid-e-azam Tro­phy match on Fri­day, main­tain­ing a unique fam­ily tra­di­tion.

She­hzar is now the sixth mem­ber of his fam­ily to score a first­class dou­ble hun­dred. Apart from his grand­fa­ther whose high­est score in first-class is 499, his fa­ther, un­cle and two grand un­cles have also achieved the same feat.

She­hzar’s fa­ther, Shoaib Mo­ham­mad, who rep­re­sented Pak­istan in 45 Tests and 63 ODIS, had a best first-class score of 208 not out. Hanif’s two broth­ers-Sadiq and Mush­taq-- also hit dou­ble hun­dreds i n first-class cricket. Sadiq’s son Im­ran is an­other first-class dou­ble cen­tu­rion from the fam­ily.

She­hzar can also bowl off spin be­sides keep­ing wick­ets oc­ca­sion­ally. His first dou­ble hun­dred came in his 36th first-class game. His knock of 265 lasted 464 balls and was stud­ded with 30 fours and one six at the Mul­tan Cricket Sta­dium. “This is a great mo­ment for every­one in Mo­ham­mad fam­ily. This shows that cricket runs in our blood,” the 26-year-old was quoted as say­ing by Geo TV.

HANIF’S LEG­END

Dubbed Asia’s first ‘lit­tle mas­ter’, Hanif Mo­ham­mad played 55 Tests for Pak­istan be­tween 1952 and 1969, ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 3915 runs with an av­er­age of 43.98 in­clud­ing 12 hun­dreds. He is best re­mem­bered for his marathon 337 against the West Indies at Bridgetown in 1958. Mo­ham­mad’s knock, which came af­ter Pak­istan were forced to fol­low on, lasted 970 min­utes, mak­ing it the long­est in­nings in Test cricket.

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