Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali has not looked back since the time he been recalled to the side in January. The right-arm pacer had a dream Test series against South Africa wherein he picked 12 wickets and followed it up with brilliant performances on the tours to South Africa, Zimbabwe and England. Apart from bowling superbly, Ali has also tweaked his batting style by adding an element of power-hitting to it.
During the past six months or so, Ali has hit a few lusty blows coming late in the order and has given the Pakistan innings some much-needed impetus in the end. He has smashed 14 sixes in just 15 games and has impressed the team and management with his ability to strike big.
Ali’s potential with the bat in hand was first seen in the domestic competition when he scored a match-saving 106 off just 61 balls and helped his team Central Punjab tie a game against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the season 2020-21. Speaking about his newfound hidden batting talent to Cricket Pakistan, Ali said he draws inspiration from Wasim Akram, Abdul Razzaq, and Azhar Mahmood.
“I want to see myself as an all-rounder in all three formats and I am putting in extra yards in the nets. I am inspired by Wasim Akram, Abdul Razzaq, and Azhar Mahmood and want to contribute in crucial times for my team.”
Currently, Ali is in West Indies for the team’s four-match T20 series against the hosts. The 27-year-old had a good outing against the six white-ball matches against England. Ali further said T20 cricket is all about being smart and using good variations.
“T20 cricket is all about variations and a good bowler should have command on bowling different variations. I have been practicing different deliveries in the nets and am very keen to do better in the upcoming series against the West Indies.”