With the 2019 World Cup starting today, the talks regarding the pitches being offered in the tournament have already started taking the centerstage. It is expected to be a pretty competitive battle as majority of the participating teams are very strongly placed and have the abilities to strike an effective performance on any given day. Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali has revealed that he is not much worried about the wickets in England offering more assistance to the batsmen.
The 24-year-old was Pakistan’s star performer in the Champions Trophy win in England two years ago, taking 13 wickets to finish as player of the tournament. But his recent form has been a worry for Pakistan, coinciding with 10 straight ODI losses leading into their opening World Cup match against the West Indies in Nottingham on Friday.
You take wickets and you win matches
During a recent interview, Hasan mentioned that the modern day cricket is going along in such a manner that wicket taking is the key for every bowler. He revealed that taking wickets and win matches, has become the mantra of the limited-overs format. In 49 ODI played thus far for Pakistan, Hasan has picked up a total of 80 scalps at an average of 26.56.
“The way modern cricket is going, every bowler needs to know that taking wickets is the key. You take wickets and you win matches,” said Hasan Ali.
The right-arm fast bowler has managed to pick up just three wickets in the recently concluded five-match ODI series against England, which his team lost by a 4-0 margin. He stated that he has been working hard in the nets with bowling coach Azhar Mahmood. He is confident that he will be back amongst the wickets as soon as he comes back in his rhythm.
“I know that I have not taken many wickets since the South Africa tour, but I am doing the hard work with bowling coach (Azhar Mahmood) and once I get my rhythm I am sure wickets will come my way,” Hasan explained.
Over the years, Pakistan have been known to possess one of the best fast bowling attacks, however, their bowling performances have experienced a significant dip in the recent matches. The poor form of Junaid Khan and Faheem Ashraf has forced the team management to go back to the experienced duo of Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir.
“We know that our bowling, which has been our strength, is not doing well but with the return of two experienced bowlers in Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir our bowling is now at full strength,” Hasan concluded.