TODAY IN HISTORY - JAN 11 - HANIF MOHAMMAD HITS A WORLD RECORD 499

Image credit: Cricket Country

Image credit: Cricket Country

In 1959, the Karachi Parsi Institute Ground hosted a first-class match between Karachi and Bahawalpur. Hanif Mohammad, the Pakistani international who had an appetite for mammoth scores, was nearing his triple century at the start of third day. Before this day the highest score by a batsman in a first- class match was by Sir Donald Bradman. Bradman’s 452 was eclipsed by Mohammad who was runout for 499. Mohammad later mentioned that he was trying to get to 500 so his captain, Wazir Mohammad could declare. Unfortunately, the scoreboard showed that Mohammad was on 496 instead of 498. He thought running a second run would put him on 498 and needing two of the final ball of the day. Mohammad said later that he would never have risked the second run if he knew this was the case. 35 years later, West Indian great, Brian Lara, broke Mohammad's record by scoring 501 runs in a County cricket match.

Shakti Gounden