Many “surprised” at youngest Pakistani bowler’s hat-trick
Not only the Pakistani pacer Mohammad Hasnain himself realized that it was a hat-trick but apparently even the Sri Lankan players had no idea about it.
At the age of 19, Hasnain took the wickets of Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka and Shehan Jayasuriya in his three consecutive deliveries.
“His hat-trick was spreaded over in three overs because two different bowlers Faeem Ashraf and Mohammad Amir were brought in by the captain in between and therefore it was not realized till you brought it to our notice”, the Sri Lankan team manager, Ashantha de Silva said from his team hotel in Lahore.
“Yes, my son became the youngest player to take this hat-trick and I am proud of it”, the bowler’s father, Mohd. Husain (also known as Munnabhai), speaking exclusively over telephone from Pakistan, said.
“The performance of my son was eye-catching but sadly, we could not win the match”, the father added.
“Hasnain is a very hard-working cricketer. He used to practice in torrid heat at the academy”, his childhood coach Iqbal Malik said.
“He is a very simple man and coming from a very poor family. He used to help his father in cutting the grass at the farm house. He will be a boon for the Pakistani team”, Faisal Mehmood, Hyderabad (Sindh) District Cricket Association secretary Faisal Mehmood, while speaking to the reporter, added.
“It was a good match and morale boosting victory for our team. Our players should continue the winning momentum in the next match. Our focus should be now to win the remaining two matches. The second T20-I to be played on Monday will be very important”, the manager and tour selector de Mel added.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) CEO Asheley de Silva wasted no time in congratulating the team.
Sri Lankan team was scheduled to practice on Sunday. At least one or two changes for Monday’s game is/are not ruled out.