"People Started Believing I Am Incapable Of Playing For Pakistan" : Hasan Ali On Dropping Matthew Wade's Catch In The T20 World Cup Semi-Final

Updated - 24 Apr 2022, 08:56 AM

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Hasan Ali at Lancashire (Image Credits: Twitter)

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali dropped Matthew Wade in a tense semi-final of the T20 World Cup last year in the UAE. The drop proved costly as Pakistan went onto lose that game and Australia eventually went onto win the T20 World Cup.

Heading into the semi-final Pakistan remained unbeaten and also beat India in the league stage. Everything was going for them in the tournament until that point when the drop catch cost them a place in the T20 World Cup final. Months later, Hasan Ali is now playing Lancashire in the English County Championships. In an interview with Pak Passion, the Pakistan seamer looked back on the drop catch and opened up on his thoughts on the same. He spoke about how the missed opportunity still gives him nightmares time and again.

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“That dropped catch in the semi-final against Australia did give me nightmares for a couple of nights. I was in deep shock and felt very low for letting the side down at that point and couldn’t figure out how and why I dropped that catch. Especially given that as an individual and a team we trained very hard on our fielding so it was a tough pill to swallow for me but as a professional I do know that such things can happen again, just like dropped catches have happened in the past as well,” Ali told Pakistan’s cricket website PakPassion.

Hasan Ali further spoke about how he had to cope up with the hatred of the people of Pakistan after he failed to take his team to the World Cup final.

People Started To Hate Me After The Drop Catch: Hasan Ali

Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali. Credits: Twitter

“Of course, for me it’s more painful because I feel that people have started to hate me and started believing that I am incapable of playing for Pakistan. Obviously, this would have been a different story had I held on to that catch but that is the past and no one can change that,” said Hasan.

With the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup scheduled later this year in Australia, Pakistan has a chance to win a couple of titles in T20I cricket.

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