The expectations associated with any India versus Pakistan sports encounter usually results in players being turned into heroes or villains by passionate fans from both sides. Reputations are made or destroyed for many years to come like this day not forgotten “Javed Miandad six” or Misbah-ul-Haq for his ill-advised shot in the World T20 final in 2007.
It must have been a hard pill to swallow for both the Pakistan players and fans alike. One player who faced some heat for his lackluster performance against India in the death overs is the 23-year old champ Hasan Ali.
Oh yes! Hasan Ali, Pakistan fast-bowler is dedicated about producing a match-winning spell against arch-rivals India in the upcoming Asia Cup in UAE. He has been established himself as the most important weapon in the Pakistan bowling line-up since making his debut in ODIs.
While speaking to media, he said that he is aware that his fans love his celebration style which is why he is keen on ensuring that they witness quite a lot of it in the Asia Cup and especially in the match against India. “I would love to pick up five or even ten wickets in the match against India so that my fans can enjoy my unique celebration style,” Hasan Ali stated.
The Pakistani pacer is third on the list for most wickets (68) taken by bowlers. Wow! The bowlers above him are Afghanistan and England leg spinners Rashid Khan and Adil Rashid, who are first and second respectively, which makes Ali the best fast-bowler in the world since his first ODI. In the same span of time, he also holds the record for most five-wicket hauls (3) along with Kiwi pacer Trent Boult and that’s an achievement for Pakistan and it’s citizens.
The impact Ali has made through his bowling can be judged from the fact that he has picked up 46 wickets at an average of 13.73 and an economy rate of 4.04 in matches.
Ali recorded the best score (20) in the Yo-Yo tests recently conducted on the Pakistani players before the Asia Cup in Lahore which was better than the score of India captain Virat Kohli.
The Asia Cup is scheduled to begin from September 15 with the opening match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Pakistan will play its first match against the team which comes through the qualifying round on September 16, while the Green Caps will lock horns with their nemeses India on September 19.