23 year old Hasan Ali embraced dreams of his life, has become the world number one ODI bowler, surpassing legendary countryman Waqar Younis to be the third fastest bowler to claim 50 wickets in limited over cricket.
He grabbed three wickets as Pakistan outclassed Sri Lanka in the fourth of the five match ODI series in Dubai.
Making his debut against Ireland in August 2016, Hasan Ali’s 50th victim hunted in 23 matches, four matches fewer than Waqar.
Telling to AFP after the match, Hasan said, ““It’s a dream come true,” Hasan told AFP. “I set many goals in my childhood and to be the world number one bowler was amongst the top.” Hasan has helped Pakistan to a 4-0 lead in the current series against Sri Lanka with 12 wickets, including 5-34 in Abu Dhabi.
“My elder brother was the greatest influence on my career and after a few first-class seasons I was picked by Peshawar franchise in the first edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL),” recalls Hasan.
Recruited as an emerging player, Hasan was mentored by former England coach Andy Flower and ex-Pakistan paceman Mohammad Akram. “I have been blessed with success and the Champions Trophy victory was the best thing. The next big goal is to win the 2019 World Cup in England,” said Hasan.
Waqar, too, praised Hasan’s stardom said, “His rise is phenomenal,” Waqar told AFP. “But since a lot of events have happened in Pakistan cricket I would like to see Hasan and other talented youngsters be mentored properly so that they don’t get lost.”
“Hasan and other youngsters are assets for our cricket and they can carry our cricket forward. We cannot afford another jolt so I advise they should be monitored and mentored,” said Waqar.