In the yr 1958, a diminutive batsman from a younger 11-year previous nation, stood up in opposition to among the fiercest quick bowlers of the time to script historical past. After being bowled out for a paltry 106 within the first innings, Pakistan wanted a miracle to avoid wasting the primary Test at Bridgetown in Guyana. As the Asians adopted, one man took it upon himself to maintain the Caribbean bowlers at bay.
He stayed on the pitch for a mammoth 970 minutes, which interprets to over 16 hours. A superhuman effort that not solely helped him save the match for his crew but additionally put his identify within the annals of cricketing historical past perpetually. Hanif Mohammad until date holds the file for the longest Test innings, by minutes. His efforts with the bat additionally earned him the moniker ‘Little Master’, which was later used for Indian champions like Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.
44 years later, Inzamam-ul-Haq would change into the second Pakistan batsman to breach the 300-run mark in Test cricket when he scored 329 in opposition to New Zealand in Lahore. Running out of companions in direction of the tip of that innings, Inzamam determined to go for the massive photographs and in the long run was holed within the deep, simply 8 runs shy of Hanif’s file.
In his personal phrases he had no ambitions to eclipse the nice knock by Hanif and his response to journalists asking whether or not he was upset on lacking the mark received hearts.
“I remember asking the last man if he can hang around for a while. The expression on his face pretty much told me that it was all down to me. He wasn’t confident at all. So I started going for the big hits and eventually got caught near the boundary line. If I would have had a proper batsman at the other end, I would surely have carried on,” Inzamam mentioned in a video on his youtube channel.
“I honestly didn’t have any ambitions that I would break Hanif bhai’s record. Had it been a world record it would have been another thing. But breaking a fellow Pakistani’s record never really attracted me. So, when I went in for the post match press conference someone asked me how sad I was to miss the record. I told them ‘should I be happy about scoring 329 runs or be sad about not scoring those 8 runs’?” the previous Pakistan captain mentioned.
Inzamam would go on to retire from worldwide cricket with greater than 20,000 worldwide runs to his identify throughout 120 Tests, 378 ODIs and 1 T20 worldwide.