LONDON: A fist-pump directed towards the ground followed by spread arms and a kick high in the air — Hasan Ali’s unique celebration tells a lot about how passionate the right-arm fast bowler is about his cricket.
‘It’s like a bomb explosion,” says Hasan described his trademark move while talking to ARYNews.
“My style of celebration is a bit different but it’s my own,” he added.
The Mandi Bahauddin-born man would like to carry out the celebration five times when Pakistan lock horns with arch-rivals India in the ICC Champions Trophy finale on Sunday.
“I enjoy it very much and I hope fans will pray that I do this style four five times in the final,” he said.
Hasan, like his fellow teammates, did poorly when he faced India in the tournament opener — going for 70 runs in his 10 overs and bagging one wicket as consolation.
The fiery pacer, in the next three matches, added nine more scalps to his tally and is now the event’s highest wicket-taker and the top contender to take the Golden Ball home.
In the second match against South Africa, Hasan castled Faf du Plessis, deceived JP Duminy with an angled out-swinger from around the wicket and followed it by uprooting Wayne Parnell’s off-stump on what was called the bowl of the tournament by many commentators.
The right-armer finished with figures of 3-24 in the match and got three more wickets in the win against Sri Lanka, which booked Pakistan’s place in the semi-final.
Hasan took another three in it — sending Johnny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes back in the pavilion.
The success has not been a co-incidence for Hasan. The 23-year-old said it’s just the realisation of the goals he set himself before the tournament even kicked off.
“I had set a goal for myself during the West Indies series and it was to become the best bowler in the Champions Trophy. I want to achieve that goal,” he said.
Hasan said he and his teammates are all prepared for the big occasion on Sunday and will not repeat the mistakes they made in the opener.
“I am very positive about the final. What mistakes we committed in the first game will not be repeated and will ty to execute the plans given by coaches,” said Hasan, who plays for Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League.
“We will take it is as a normal game and will be under no pressure. My job is to get wickets and that I am doing and will continue to do on Sunday.”
Since his ODI debut in Dublin against Ireland in August last year, Hasan has bagged an impressive 39 wickets — the most by any bowler in this period.
He credits bowling coach Azhar Mahmood for his shining career so far.
“I will give credit of my improvement to Azhar who has been working very hard with the bowlers,” said Hasan.