I didn’t have an ambition to break that record: Inzamam on his 329 innings
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq would be the highest individual run taker in longest format of cricket. During a match against New Zealand, Inzamam scored 329 runs. Running out of partners on the other end Inzamam failed to score 8 more runs to break the best score record of Pakistan.
It was 1958, When Pakistan was only 11 years in the world cricket stage. During a Test series against New Zealand, being bowled out for a paltry 106 in the first innings, Pakistan needed a miracle to save the first Test. And Hanif Mohammad came with the bat to snatch the Asian attention.
He batted on the pitch for a mammoth 970 minutes, which translated to over 16 hours approximately. It was a superhuman effort that not only helped him save the match for his team but also put his name in cricket history. Former Pakistan batsman Hanif Mohammad, holds the record for the longest Test innings, by minutes till date. Magnificent innings with the bat also earned him the moniker ‘Little Master’, which was later used for Indian champions like Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar.
Inzamam-ul-Haq would become the second Pakistan batsman to breach the 300-run mark in Test cricket when he scored 329 against New Zealand in Lahore 44 years later.
Although he said, he had no ambitions to eclipse the great knock by Hanif and his responded to the journalists in the question either he is ready or not.
“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 said 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 former Pakistan captain said.
With more than 20,000 international runs to his name across 120 Tests, 378 ODIs and 1 T20 international he retired.