Too early to say about Haider Ali: Mohammad Yousaf


Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousaf thinks that it is too early to rate young Haider Ali on his batting abilities.

The 19-year-old Haider, who represented Pakistan in ICC U19 World Cup earlier this year, surprised cricket pundits with his power-hitting skills. While representing Peshawar Zalmi, he made 239 runs in nine matches at an impressive strike-rate of 158.25 in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season five.

The 45-year-old Yousaf expressed while interacting with fans on Twitter in an interactive Question and Answers session.

“Where do you rate Haider Ali?” a Twitter user asked. “Too early to say” Yousaf replied.

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The former right-handed batsman also wished that Pakistan’s top performer Babar Azam will break his record of most runs in Test matches in a calendar year.

“Which Pakistani batsman has the ability to break your world record (1788 in a year)?” a fan asked. “I wish that Baber Azam break my record,” Yousaf replied.

He also named two former Pakistan batting greats, Saeed Anwar and Inzamam-ul-Haq as the best to have batted alongside in his 12-year career.

Yousaf also revealed that his Lord’s double-hundred against England in 2006 as his favorite innings in Test cricket. He scored 202 in 330 balls which included 26 fours and one six.

He represented Pakistan in 90 Tests, 288 ODIs and three T20Is in which he made 17,300 runs. He has 39 hundred and 97 half-centuries to his name.

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