Hanif Mohammad played 55 Test matches, finishing with 3915 runs, which included 12 centuries and 15 fifties. © AFP

Hanif Mohammad played 55 Test matches, finishing with 3915 runs, which included 12 centuries and 15 fifties. © AFP

187* v England at Lord’s, July 1967
Pakistan emerged with much credit from this closely contested match. At one time they were reduced to desperate straits, but Hanif, their gallant and talented captain, defied the England bowlers for nine hours while making 187 not out, his solitary Test century in England.

On the third day, Saturday, when play was restricted to four and a quarter hours, Pakistan put on only 155 runs while losing three more wickets. At times the scoreboard scarcely moved, but the majority of the crowd of 18,000 appreciated Hanif’s determined rearguard action.

Just after lunch Asif joined Hanif in their big stand and when at five o’clock the game ended for the day Pakistan were 233 for seven. Hanif had then reached 102 in five hours, fifty minutes, and Asif 56 in two and a quarter hours.

Despite a blistered hand which had kept Milburn off the field on Friday, he took his place and the misfortune to drop the most vital catch when Hanif was 51 and the total 121. The Pakistan captain hooked D’Oliveira and Milburn running in from below the Warner Stand failed to hold this surprise offering.

Monday was Pakistan’s day. With Hanif making more than half his side’s runs — he hit twenty-one 4’s — they finished only 15 runs behind England.

337 v West Indies, Bridgetown, Jan 1958
A match of high scoring, apart from an unexpected collapse by Pakistan in their first innings, ended in a wave of excitement as Hanif Mohammad, the Pakistan opening batsman, fell only 28 runs short of Sir Leonard Hutton’s record Test score of 364. Even so, Hanif completed the longest innings played in a first-class match. He batted for sixteen hours thirteen minutes, and hit twenty-four 4’s in an innings of unflagging concentration which exceeded by nearly three hours that of Hutton in his 1938 marathon for England against Australia at The Oval.

After Pakistan followed on 473 behind, Hanif shared in four century stands with Imtiaz Ahmed, Alim-ud-Din, Saeed Ahmed and his brother, Wazir. Not until after tea on the final day was he dismissed, and by then Pakistan were safe from defeat.

103 v West Indies, Karachi, February 1959
Fazal Mahmood, Pakistan’s new captain, sent West Indies in on winning the toss, and himself played one of the principal roles in their downfall on the matting pitch. Hunte fell to him in the first over, and though Holt and Kanhai shared a second-wicket stand of 62, Butcher alone of the later batsmen offered prolonged resistance.

Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Ahmad consolidated the advantage with a record second-wicket stand for Pakistan of 178. Hanif was extremely painstaking, occupying six and a half hours over his fourth Test hundred, which included only seven 4’s.

104 and 93 v Australia, Melbourne, December 1964
Hanif played two brilliant innings of 104 and 93 although he preferred to be cautious on the last day instead of setting a reasonable task.

111 and 104 v England, Dhaka, January 1962

Dexter lost the toss for the sixth time in seven Tests and Pakistan on a dead, slow pitch, made heavy weather of their batting. The ball tended to shoot but this hardly warranted only 43 runs being scored for the loss of one wicket in two hours before lunch.

Afterwards Saeed showed more aggression, but when he was out, having helped Hanif add 113, the caution returned. Only 175 runs came on the first day, Hanif batting throughout the five and a half hours for 64. Burki, missed when 26 by Russell, substituting for Richardson, down with stomach trouble, made England pay heavily for the lapse.

After lunch on the second day the batsmen were under orders to improve the rate and a big change came over the play. Burki began to produce fine strokes and he and Hanif added 156. Hanif’s 111 took eight hours, twenty minutes.

Hanif and Alim took four hours over an opening stand of 122.

Allen, going on as eighth bowler, and Lock, brought a collapse after lunch and for a brief period Pakistan were in trouble, but Hanif stood firm and the danger passed. Ninth out, Hanif stayed six hours, thirty-three minutes for 104, his second hundred of the match and altogether batted almost 15 hours, over half the game. He became the first Pakistan batsman to obtain a Test century in each innings.