2017 ICC Champions Trophy: It Was A Team Effort Against South Africa, Says Hasan Ali
The right-arm fast bowler Hasan Ali, who has played a pivotal role to help Pakistan to claim a 19-run win over World No. 1 ranked South Africa on the Duckworth-Lewis Method in their rain-affected Group B game of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
The wily customer Hasan Ali, who bowled his heart out against South Africa to claim three crucial wickets, reveals he is excited to earn the first Man of the Match award on his maiden world cricket governing body International Cricket Council event on June 8.
“It is my first ICC tournament and this trophy Man of the Match is very important for me,” Ali said at the post-match presentation.
After spinners did the initial damage to see South Africa reeling at 61 for three in 14.4 overs, it was Punjab-born Ali, who picked wickets on two consecutive deliveries which further saw a peach of a delivery to left-handed batsman Wayne Parnell after he claimed the wicket of Jean-Paul Duminy.
“It was a team effort, the coach gave me a plan and I stuck to my plan,” Ali stated.
Interestingly, Ali was translated by his teammate and Welsh-born all-rounder Imad Wasim expressed during the presentation, The-23-year-old bowler Ali’s figures read three for 24 in his quota of eight overs which included a maiden over.
Pakistan has shown a complete transformation by making a stunning comeback against formidable South Africa.
Skiddy with the ball, Ali was equally good in the fielding where he completed two catches as Men in Green returned with much of the improvement after going down against miserably India in a one-sided affair on June 4.
When he was asked how improvement has taken place, Ali responded the team didn’t get enough practice owing to an inclement weather a day before the game which forced them to practice indoors.
“It was raining yesterday and hence did not get a chance for extra fielding drills,” Ali maintained.
Ali reiterated he stuck to his basic plan while revealing his coach (particularly referring) to bowling assistant Azhar Mahmood for chalking out the plans against formidable South Africa.
In the marquee clash, after Pakistan fielding let down their bowlers, Ali stated he had learned from the mistake after dropping crucial catch of left-handed Yuvraj Singh, who went on to register quickfire 50 which helped India to post 319 on board in a rain-curtailed game.
“In the earlier game I dropped Yuvraj and he scored big, so the focus was on me to field better,” Ali remarked.
After making his debut in 2016, Ali has played 18 One-day Internationals in which he picked 33 wickets at an average of 25.90 that further saw his economy rate of 25.90.
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