I’m Very, Very Fortunate To Put on the England Shirt For All these Days – Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali has worked hard in silence and has slowly carved a special place in English cricket.
It took a lot of hard work for the spin bowling all-rounder to grow to this level. When he started out, he got recognised for his batting abilities, and many didn’t consider his bowling talent as worthy enough to stand the test of the time. To speak more precisely, he was known as a batsman who could bowl as a part-timer.
However, Ali was no ordinary man trying to win the rat race for places in the English side. He wanted to prove himself as the best, and that saw him brush up his cricketing abilities to such an extent that he happens to be one of the MVPs of English cricket.
During a recent chat for a television series, Ali revealed that consistency and perseverance have helped him become the prominent cricketer that he is today. He says that despite having gained so much experience and becoming of the permanent members of the side, the Worcestershire cricketer wears the jersey with a lot of humility and thanks his stars for all he has today.
“My dad always drilled into my head that you have to be better than everyone else. It doesn’t matter what colour you are or what background you have,” Moeen says in episode 23 of Sky Sports’ My Icon series.
“As long as you work hard and give 100 percent and perform then no-one can stop you. I have always had that kind of mentality, and I think that has put me in good stead.
“Every time I think about my career so far I cannot believe I have played for England for so long and in so many games.
“I’m very, very fortunate to put on the England shirt [even] for all the days that I have in training. Sometimes I wake up I am just so excited to train.”
This summer, Ali became the first man in history to take a Test hat-trick at The Oval. Later, he smashed the second fastest ODI hundred by an Englishman against the Windies.
These two performances are just cream of the top class he has scripted in the past. The 30-year-old has scored over 600 runs and has taken taking 35 wickets in Tests and one-day internationals so far this summer.
This sort of consistency has also earned him rave reviews from English legends. Former England captain Nasser Hussain rated him as one of this country’s most influential current player while speaking in episode six of Sky Sports’ My Icon series.
“You look at Moeen Ali now, I think he’s a massive role model for what we should try and achieve in the future,” the Sky Sports pundit said.
“Moeen Ali becomes one of the most important and influential people for English cricket in the years ahead because of everything he encompasses. The way he encompasses his faith, where he’s from – he knows exactly where he’s from – and what he wants to do and achieve
“I think as a society in England we should be very proud of what Moeen Ali’s doing as an England cricketer.
“A role model is not just a goody-two-shoes, not just someone who does everything in the right way. A role model is someone who shows you that what they are doing for their country is seriously important.”
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