Pakistan paceman Hasan Ali shot to fame during the national team’s most memorable victory in the past decade. Hasan Ali played an integral role in Pakistan’s stunning victory in the 2017 Champions Trophy, ending up as the highest wicket-taker in the tournament. The right-arm seamer reflected on it, saying that the final’s win against India gives him goosebumps.
Hasan Ali stole the show in the 2017 Champions Trophy as he took 13 wickets in five matches at 14.69 while maintaining an economy rate of 4.29. Ali, who took three wickets in the final, dismissed MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Jasprit Bumrah as Pakistan completed a historic triumph. It was the perfect revenge for Pakistan against India, who beat them in the group stage comprehensively. The men in green returned the favour as they annihilated their arch-rivals by 180 runs.
Hasan Ali mentioned that being a vital cog of the team during the 2017 Champions Trophy victory, he can’t put the feelings into words. The 26-year old stated that there were Fakhar Zaman, Faheem Ashraf, and Rumman Raees – all of who were in their debuts during the competition alongside him and Shadab Khan – both of who had hardly begun their careers. Thus, not only it was a young team but also under a relatively inexperienced skipper in Sarfaraz Ahmed.
“Remembering the Champions Trophy win still gives me goosegumps. You cannot describe the feelings of that tournament in words. There were a lot of players who made their debuts – Rumman Raees, Faheem Ashraf and Fakhar Zaman, and there were a few players whose careers had just started – like me and Shadab Khan. So, it was a young team, and a new captain was handling it: Sarfraz bhai,” Ali told on the Youtube show, Cricket Baaz.
I cannot tell it in words: Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali pointed out that it was unreal to think of an eighth-ranked side upstaging the top teams at a mega event and winning the final against India. Hence, he sees the monumental victory by the Grace of God that Sarfaraz Ahmed captained the team and every player chipped in with invaluable contributions.
“You imagine the 8th ranked team suddenly goes to a mega event and defeats the teams ranked in the top three and then wins the final against India. So, it was just by the grace of God and the way Sarfraz bhai captained the side and every single player performed, I cannot tell it in words,” he added.