Pakistan has surpassed the cricketing community’s expectations by winning five out of five games in the Super 12s stage of the 2021 T20 World Cup. The Men in Green were the first team to qualify for the semi-finals, where they will face Australia on November 11th.
Pakistan’s overall team performance has been their strength throughout the tournament, with almost the entire team contributing to their victories. Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shaheen Afridi, and Haris Rauf have been the standout performers thus far, with contributions from the rest of the team as well. Hasan Ali, the right-arm pacer, has not performed up to his usual standards. While he hasn’t been terrible, he has been the least effective bowler in the five matches he’s played so far. Pakistani cricket fans have been dissatisfied with Hasan’s performances, with some calling for him to be dropped from the team.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s all-format captain, Babar Azam, has backed Hasan and stated that he will not be dropped from the team. Hasan, according to Babar, is a big-match player who can always be counted on to perform on the biggest stage. Hasan, according to Babar, is a match-winner, and the entire team is rooting for him to succeed in the upcoming matches.
While Hasan struggled in the mega event, his form over the last year has been outstanding. In the calendar year, he is Pakistan’s leading wicket-taker in the T20s. In 34 T20 matches in 2021, he has taken 46 wickets at an average of 20.17 and an economy rate of 7.78.