Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali took to Twitter to apologize for his performance in the T20 World Cup semifinal against Australia but stated that it’s a lesson that he will learn and improve from in the future.
Hasan had a terrible outing in the semifinal. With the ball in hand, he conceded 44 runs in four overs without taking a wicket. In the 19th over of the innings, Hasan’s day got worse when he dropped the eventual Man of the Match, Matthew Wade, off Shaheen Afridi’s bowling.
Wade went on to smash three consecutive sixes to end the game in style, knocking the Pakistan team out of the tournament after not having lost a single game in the group stage.
“I know you all are upset because my performance didn’t meet your expectations from me but [you] are not more disappointed than me. Don’t change your expectations from me. I want to serve [the] Pakistan cricket at the highest level possible, so back to hard work. This patch will make it stronger. Thank you for all the messages, tweets, posts, calls, and Duas – needed them,” he tweeted.
“It was just not his day” – Babar Azam on Hasan Ali
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam claimed that the dropped catch was crucial but it can happen to anyone on a given day. Hasan is an excellent bowler and the 27-year-old Babar will continue to back him despite poor performances of late.
“He is one of my main bowlers and he has won many matches for Pakistan. Players drop catches but he is a fighter and I will back him. Everybody doesn’t perform every day. There is a day when one performs. It was just not his day. He is down and we will lift his mood,” Babar said.
Australia will face New Zealand in tonight’s T20 World Cup final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.