Pakistan pace bowler Hasan Ali opened up on the lowest point of his career after he dropped Australian wicket-keeper Matthew Wade in the semi-final game of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
Pakistan lost to Australia by five wickets in the semi-final match after nearly dominating the entire game.
Australia were reduced to 96/5 at one stage while they were chasing 177, thanks to leg-spinner Shadab Khan’s classic bowling with the figures of 4/26 from his four overs.
It was Australian wicket-keeper Matthew Wade and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis who scripted a marvellous chase with their uneaten partnership of 81 to enter the final.
After the 17th over, Wade shifted his gears and smoked one big shot to Hasan Ali over long-on for a six, then flicked a boundary on the final ball of the 18th over.
Wade was dropped by Hasan Ali just before he hammered three consecutive sixes to Pakistan’s best bowler Shaheen Afridi to wrap the match in the penultimate over itself.
It was the tough moment of my career: Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali also went expensive with his bowling as he ended up conceding 44 runs from his four overs. Hasan faced the wrath of the disappointed Pakistan fans on social media and some also abused him for the loss.
After two months, Hasan revealed that he wasn’t able to get sleep for some days after the semi-final game.
“It was the tough moment of my career and it was quite difficult for me to forget. I haven’t revealed this to anyone until now but I didn’t sleep for two days, my wife was with me and she was tense as I was not sleeping,” said Hasan was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.
“I was quiet and sitting at the side as the dropped catch was appearing in my mind continuously but while travelling to Bangladesh I told myself that I should move on,” he added.
Shoaib Akhtar supported me after the match: Hasan Ali
Hasan also talked about how former Pakistan pacer and other cricket experts showed solidarity towards him during his tough moment.
“All my teammates are aware of how I approach the games and that I don’t take the matches lightly. I prepare well and I always try to perform for Pakistan. After the match, I was crying and so was Shaheen; it was an extremely sad moment,” Hasan revealed.
“Shoaib bhai came to me and told me that you are a tiger and that I shouldn’t fall. In addition to that, I also received a lot of support on social media which helped me ease through the pain,” he added.
Hasan is currently playing for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League 2022, he has picked three wickets from the first two games so far in this season.