The highest wicket-taker of Champions Trophy Hasan Ali has coined Champions Trophy final as the most memorable day of his life while talking to Sky Sports.
Hasan Ali shined throughout the multi-national ICC tournament and took three wickets in the final of the campaign against arch-rivals India to dismantle them.
“I will never forget that day for as long as I live. It doesn’t matter what happens to me in future in cricket, June 18, 2017 will be a day that I will never forget,” he said.
He believes a World Cup win can only be a better day for him than the Champions Trophy triumph day.
“It’s been the best day of my life and only a World Cup win will better that day,” he added.
Recalling Pakistan’s incredible journey in the Champions Trophy, he said it was unbelievable to enter the tournament as the lowest ranked team and come out as the winner.
“To be the bottom-ranked team and to go into a tournament and win it was just incredible. We were even struggling to qualify for that tournament and to go there and beat the best and win the tournament was just stuff that dreams are made of,” he said.
The right-arm pacer accredits team management, teammates, family and sheer hard work for achieving the feat of becoming the top-ranked ODI bowler.
“I think the team management deserves most of the praise and also my captain and my team-mates. In addition, my family especially my brother deserves praise too. He always believed in me and without his support I wouldn’t be playing international cricket today,” he stated.
“You cannot do something like this on your own, you have to have the support of colleagues around you and their support has been magnificent. I have to pinch myself when I see the rankings list and see myself ahead of such great names,” he went on to say.
Hasan Ali is aware of the potential threats around him that can deteriorate his as well as country’s image in the world. He is determined to focus on only cricket and nothing else.
“There are many examples of such players in front of us. We all know about what has become of Sharjeel Khan, a wonderful and talented cricketer who had made his way into the Pakistan team in all three formats. I think we need to look at such examples and learn from them and realise what is right and what is wrong,” he mentioned.
“I look at it this way, my job is to play cricket and that’s all I want to do. I don’t want to get involved in anything that will tarnish my reputation or the reputation of my country. I’m focused on cricket and only cricket and rest assured that’s the way it will remain,” he further said.