Lahore: The original 'Little Master', the legendary Pakistani cricketer Hanif Mohammad, cheated death for a while but could not win his final battle at the end of the day. The run-machine was declared dead by the hospital, aged 81.
The 81-year-old was battling with cancer for quite some time and had been undergoing treatment for the same in Karachi's Aga Khan hospital.
Pakistani cricketers and journalists confirmed the news on Twitter. Hanif was diagnosed with the cancer in the year 2013, after which he received treatment in London.
One of the country's finest batsmen, he still holds the record for highest score (337) in an innings by a Pakistani batsman, followed by Inzamam-ul-Haq (329) and Younus Khan (313).
He was also named as Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1968. Earlier this afternoon, Hanif was declared dead by several media reports, which proved to be wrong as he regained his heart beat after a gap of six minutes.
His son however later clarified that it was a miscommunication and he wasn't dead. However, hours after that news, the cricketer was no more.