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Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis has admitted that pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain has “really impressed me”.
Hasnain recently became the youngest player to take a hat-trick in a Twenty20 International at 19 years and 183 days old.
He accomplished the feat in the first Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka in Lahore on October 5. Hasnain dismissed Bhanuka Rajapaksa on the final ball of the 16th over before taking out Dasun Shanaka and Shehan Jayasuriya on the first two balls of his next over.
However, Waqar feels that Hasnain should focus on playing Twenty20 cricket for the time being as he is not ready for ODI and Test cricket.
The Hyderabad native has featured in five ODIs to date, where he has taken five wickets at an average of 60.60.
“In cricket, pace makes a big difference; Mohammad Hasnain is one who has really impressed me – he is playing T20I cricket but he is not ready for 50 overs or Test cricket, he is still growing and he is still young; Naseem Shah is another one, Akif (Javed) is another one, he is a left-armer and his pace is not bad,” Waqar was quoted as saying by PakPassion.
“But even after that, he bowls 150Kph plus as we saw in the CPL! Although I agree with Shoaib Akhtar that he loses his pace due to running on his heels and that is why I feel he is not ready for the longer versions of the game. We need to groom him and prepare him for the longer version. At the moment, I feel he is good for T20Is and he has the talent so we need to keep him with the team and try to sort out the problems such as running on the heels and his strides which are big, he needs to relax a little and needs to have rhythm in his run-up which I feel can be sorted.”