Hasan Ali – a pacer who was written off, whose career was assumed finished, whose bowling was deemed to be useless but he came back stronger and attested to the fact that it is not true.
He was not selected in the national side due to his lack of ability to reach the expectations of the fans. However, he didn’t lose hope but started to prepare and better himself and his cricketing talent. He showed an excellent display of not only bowling but batting too as he scored a ton in the Quaid e Azam trophy. With these domestic stats and performances, he was called back to the national side for the test series against South Africa.
In the first test match that happened in National Stadium Karachi, he could not be as amazing with the ball as one might have hoped for. Overall he bowled 30 overs, took 2 wickets, conceded 122 runs.
The second test match was the perfect platform for the fast bowler to showcase his capabilities. The phrase “You need a wicket, you go to Hasan Ali” couldn’t have been more accurate.
In the first innings, Hasan Ali his bowling figures were 5/54 having bowled 15.4 overs. The second innings was as fruitful as he shattered the Proteas batting and once again took a fifer. He only conceded 60 runs and bowled 16 overs.
Hasan Ali with this achievement became the second pacer to take a 10 wicket haul at Rawalpindi Stadium after Mohammad Zahid. He celebrated his performance by doing a celebration that was dedicated to his soon to be born child. He was also tributed with the player of the match award and his name was added to the Pindi Cricket Stadium’s Honours Board.
The bowler himself seemed quite satisfied with his performance and talked a little about the aspirations he had for his career:
“My aim was to make a comeback. When I say I wanted to make a comeback, I don’t just mean that I came back, played a match and just left. My aim was to come back and make sure I performed for my country”