With a rich history in terms of double centurions in the clan, the expectations were high on Pakistan batsman Shahzar Mohammed, who slammed an emphatic 265 runs in a domestic match last week. He is the grandson of Pakistan legend Hanif Mohammed and the son of Shoaib Mohammed. Hanif does not need an introduction as he is known as the pioneer of batsmanship in Pakistan and arguably Pakistan’s best batsman ever if not the best. Hanif had the highest score of 499 in a first-class match, apart from also holding the record for playing the longest innings by a Pakistan batsman in Test cricket. He batted for 16 hours, 10 minutes (970 minutes) against the West Indies at Barbados in 1957-58. Shehzar’s father, Shoaib, has played 45 Tests for Pakistan and has a highest first-class score of 208 runs. Also Read - Would be More Happy to be Compared With Pakistan Greats Than Virat Kohli or Any Other Indian Player, Says Babar Azam
After a marathon knock played by his son, a proud father Shoaib speaking to GEO TV said, “This is a great moment for everyone in Mohammad family. This shows that cricket runs in our blood. If Hanif sahab were alive today, he would have been very proud.” Also Read - Mystery Around Mohammad Hafeez Continues After PCB Facilitated COVID-19 Re-Test Comes Positive
His son scored 265 against for Karachi Whites, who posted a mammoth 600/6 against Multan. Also Read - After 'Visa Assurances' Demand, BCCI Asks PCB if it Can Guarantee No Terror Attacks in India
Playing his 36th first-class match, Shehzar faced 464 deliveries and struck 30 fours and a six during his knock at the at the Multan Cricket Stadium. Hanif’s brothers Sadiq and Mushtaq, and Sadiq’s son Imran, also made double hundreds during their career. Shehzar became the 11th member of the family to play first-class cricket and also became the sixth member to slam a first-class double century.
Multan 260 (Yousaf Babar 77, Ali Rafiq 47) & 235/6 (Imran Rafiq 129*, Anwar Ali 3/73) drew vs Karachi Whites 600/6dec (Shehzar Mohammad 265, Umair bin Yousaf 163, Saad Ali 129*) & 73/5dec (Ahsan Baig 2/9).