4 years back, two-time World Cup winning competitor Steve Waugh predicted youthful quick bowler Mohammad Hasnain would 1 day create a name for himself on the international point. Right now the 19-year-old can prove Waugh right after his blistering pace gained him a call-up to Pakistan’s squad for the World Cup.
Pakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, a participant of the country’s 1st and single victorious World Cup squad in 1992, called the youthful bowler a “surprise package”, while legendary paceman Waqar Younis speaks he sees shades of himself in the ultra-quick, destructive teen. Tall and with a wide laugh, Hasnain has turned heads after 1st coming on the nationwide scene in 2015 and sending down balls at a blistering 150kph ( 93 mph ).
Hasnain’s increase to Pakistan’s senior squad has been similarly rapid — he created his one-day worldwide debut within a week of leading the Quetta Gladiators to the Pakistan Super League ( PSL ) title.
“It’s an excellent honor to represent Pakistan and the honor multiplied when I was called in the World Cup squad,” Hasnain told AFP. “I am on cloud 9 and ready to make batsmen struggle with my quickness. I love to bowl speedy and that is my strong point.” Hasnain created his way to the international stage from the dusty pitches of sun-bleached Hyderabad in southern Pakistan, where he was mentored by renowned cricketing trainer Iqbal Imam.
“Hasnain played Under-16 and Under-19 for Hyderabad and right from the start his pace has been amazing,” recalled Imam, a former first-rate the cricketer who had played alongside Inzamam. In 2015, he was chosen in Pakistan’s Under-15 group to trip Australia. “I remember that at the Bradman the ground near Sydney, Steve Waugh came to watch his boy Austin and he saw Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasnain in action. He predicted that the two boys will make an impact at the international stage,” declared former trainer Mohammad Masroor.
Shaheen played for Pakistan in all 3 formats a year ago and is also in the World Cup squad, meaning each gamer can now seize their chance at the event in England and Wales. He could also feature in Sunday’s one-off T20 clash against England in Cardiff. ‘Shivers down your spine’ Soon after his 12 wickets in the PSL’s fourth version, Hasnain was picked to perform for Pakistan against Australia in a one-day series in the United Arab Emirates.
Although he took just 2 wickets in 3 games, Australian batsmen were troubled by his pace — a trait Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur declared could be a game-changer for his squad. “His pace is the most amazing and he has the potential of an international participant,” declared Arthur. “He could be the X-factor for us.” Former great Waqar also lauded Hasnain’s pace, as well as his grit.
“He is very talented, has pace and bounce and the determination,” declared Waqar. “I have said to him not to lose his pace, which is his strong point. I wish him the better of luck.” Inzamam says Hasnain has the potential to maintain the competition off-balance and the ability to shock any team.
“I think he could be the shock package deal and can at any time win us a matchup. He has express pace and can damage and can shock any group,” declared Inzamam. “I have faced 150kph in my career and it’s difficult. It sends shivers down your spine.” Hasnain will 1st get his chance to shine in the five-match one-day international series against England — starting on May 8 — ahead of the World Cup. “I didn’t know much about Steve Waugh when we met,” he said. “But later I got to know that he was a World Cup champion, a great batsman and a shrewd captain.
“His words were motivating and I want to prove him right. I know the England sequence is a big chance for me and then the World Cup. I will do my best to make a name for myself. “I will, definitely,” he added.