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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has praised pace bowler Hasan Ali for working hard and giving “his full effort” even though he struggled at the World Cup.
Hasan featured in four matches, but only took two wickets at a dismal average of 128. He also had an economy rate of 7.75.
While Hasan was replaced by left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi, who excelled at the tournament by taking 16 wickets in five matches at an average of 14.62, Sarfraz pointed out that Hasan stayed positive and constantly gave it his all.
Afridi finished with figures of 6-35 off 9.1 overs in Pakistan’s 94-run win over Bangladesh in their World Cup clash at Lord’s on Friday.
The 19-year-old not only became the youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match, but he also registered the best figures by a Pakistan player in a World Cup game.
“Hasan played the first [four] games, he didn’t take wickets but he kept working hard. The good thing about him is that he gives his full effort. After that, Shaheen Shah Afridi replaced him and we saw his performances,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by PakPassion.