I want to be a good all-rounder in all three formats: Hasan Ali

LAHORE   – Pakistan cricket team pacer Hasan Ali has said that he wants to be a good all-rounder in all three formats and the presence of Abdul Razzaq with the team will help him a lot. 

“I want to be a good all-rounder in all the three formats. The presence of a former great like Abdul Razzaq, who has joined us recently, has already been a big help to me. He is teaching me how to do power-hitting while keeping a balance at the crease. He has been a quality all-rounder for Pakistan and hopefully, his presence with the team will make a difference,” Hasan said this while addressing a virtual conference on Wednesday. 

Talking about Pakistan team’s T20 World Cup match against arch-rivals India, the fast bowler said that he always wants to win the match against India just like the cricket-crazy fans of his country. “When we won the Champions Trophy (in 2017), it was a very good time for us and we will try to beat them again in the T20 World Cup. We will give our best. Playing against India is always a pressure game because of the expectations of fans from both countries. 

“Even those people, who don’t normally watch cricket, follow the Pakistan vs India matches, so the pressure on the players is high but we will give our best. I can only say that believe in this team as these players keep the ability to win matches for Pakistan any day, so we’ll be trying to win that match by all means,” he asserted. 

When asked about the second-string New Zealand side, who were currently on Pakistan tour for ODI and T20 series, he said they were a talented bunch of players. “Obviously, they’ve come here while playing in dry conditions in Bangladesh, hence they can give us a tough time.” 

To another query regarding the pitch of Pindi Cricket Stadium, the pacer said that he knows its behaviour as he has been playing there, especially in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and other domestic events. “My focus is that wherever I get the opportunity, I perform well and deliver for my team.” 

Hasan said he is not happy over sudden resignations of coaches Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis adding the resignations were their personal matters. “Honestly speaking, I was disappointed as they left just before the T20World Cup. It was their personal decision so I don’t want to go into details but yes it was disappointing. 

“Wicki Bhai is great inspiration for me and I started bowling after watching him. Therefore, it was an honor for me to share the dressing room with him and learn as much as I could. Obviously, I will miss him but I know as a professional I have to move on. And, I wish both of them the best of luck for their future endeavors,” he added. 

Replying to a query regarding former South African fast bowler Vernon Philander, who is set to join Pakistan team as bowling consultant ahead of the T20 World Cup, Hasan said he had been a great performer for his country. 

“We all know that Philander is a great bowler and he has performed at the top level. We are looking forward to work with him but it is too early to say how much benefit we can get from him as this will only be clear once he joins the squad.”

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