Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali bowled an impressive spell on his ODI return, registering figures of 7-1-33-2 against the Netherlands in the ongoing 2023 World Cup at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday (October 6) as well. While talking about his performance, former pacer Dale Steyn has stated that while Ali didn’t bowl at express pace, he did well with his line and length.
“He (Hasan Ali) hasn’t taken the new ball for a while now. It disrupts things when you lose your usual fast bowling unit that opens the bowling. But he came in and did a wonderful job. He didn’t really try and get the pace up to that 140-145 KMPH. He was very effective on his line and length,” Steyn said in a YouTube video shared by ESPNcricinfo. “The other thing that I enjoyed about him was that he had a good smile on his face. It looked like he was enjoying himself. When you are enjoying yourself, things come a little bit easier.”
During the same discussion, former India opener Wasim Jaffer applauded Pakistan’s Haris Rauf for his impactful performance against the Netherlands.
He said: “He (Haris Rauf) bowls the hard length. The fuller length that he bowls is really quick. When he pitches it in the right areas, he is always in the game. He uses that short ball really well. So, he has got all the tricks up his sleeve, and he is their go-to guy after Shaheen Afridi. However, bigger challenges lie ahead.”
Pakistan will next be seen in action on Tuesday, October 10, when they play against Sri Lanka in match number eight of the 2023 World Cup at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.