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Former Pakistan pace bowler Aaqib Javed has seen glimpses of Waqar Younis and Shahid Afridi in Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan respectively.
Hasan has established himself as one of Pakistan’s best limited overs bowlers and was even the highest wicket-taker in ODIs in 2017 with 45 scalps at an average of 17.04.
“In less than a year, the way Hasan has emerged in international cricket was remarkable. He possesses similar abilities like Waqar,” Javed was quoted as saying by CricTracker. “He learned a great deal in very short time but most importantly, his confidence and energy level is very high.
“I think Pakistan is very lucky the way Hasan rose, as he is a complete package. He can bat as well.”
As for Shadab, Javed conceded that the spinner reminds him of Afridi as he is an excellent bowler, but is also capable of inflicting damage with the bat.
In the recent five-match ODI series against New Zealand, Shadab averaged 35 with the bat after scoring two half-centuries.
“Shadab is an outstanding talent, one rarely unearth players like him,” Javed said. “He is similar to Afridi, as he debuted as a leg-spinner but emerged as a batsman and is an excellent fielder as well.
“However, the pace of progress shown by Shadab has been remarkable. Pakistan cricket has got talent like him after twenty five years.”