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Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis said he is highly impressed with fast bowler Hasan Ali’s “never-give-up attitude”.
Hasan suffered injuries to his groin, back and ribs and even lost his central contract.
However, he made his comeback from recurring back injuries in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, where he captained Central Punjab.
He finished as the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the competition with 43 wickets in nine matches at an average of 20.06.
With the number of wickets he claimed, Hasan had the most wickets among pace bowlers in this year’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
He also got the job done with the bat in the final against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as he smashed an unbeaten 106, which came off 61 balls and included 10 boundaries and seven sixes.
His efforts nearly helped Central Punjab defend their title, but instead, the match ended as a tie and the trophy was shared between the two teams.
Hasan’s efforts earned him a recall to the Pakistan team, where he has excelled with the ball.
Most recently, he took a five-for in the first Test against Zimbabwe, which Pakistan won by an innings and 116 runs.
In fact, Hasan has taken 19 wickets in his last two Tests, which includes three five-wicket hauls.
Waqar pointed out that if anyone else had to go through what Hasan has experienced, they would have “collapsed”.
“He has this never-give-up attitude that drives him,” Waqar was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“He is mentally a strong character, otherwise what he had been through anyone could have collapsed.
“With such injuries, only a strong-minded cricketer can make a comeback. In my years I too had back injuries and people thought I was done. The same thing happened with Hasan.
“These negative things disheartened [me] at times but when you have the attitude you can always come back. His commitment and attitude made a massive difference.”