Mohammad Hasnain, Pakistan bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Despite inexperience, Hasnain the X-factor in team's attack

Hasnain's selection can be termed risky as this teenager is raw, untried, but he gives Pakistan the X-factor in the bowling department which is something that over the years has made their bowling attacks very special.

Saj Sadiq, Apr 23, 2019 18:53:12 IST

Mohammad Hasnain's selection for the World Cup is the ultimate Pakistani cricketing fairytale. Plucked from almost obscurity by Pakistan Super League (PSL) champions Quetta Gladiators as a replacement player in this year's edition, the 19-year-old bowled with aggression, skill and at a rapid pace in the T20 event. Hasnain regularly clocked close to 150kph at the PSL, where he hurried even the best batsmen and unsurprisingly caught the eye of Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur and the selection committee.

File image of Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain. AFP

File image of Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain. AFP

Following an impressive PSL, Hasnain, much to the delight of pace-bowling fans, was subsequently picked for the five-match ODI series against Australia in the UAE in March. He played three matches against Australia in what turned out to be an awful series for Pakistan, taking two wickets at an average of 78 and at an economy-rate of 6.78, but he did enough to convince Arthur that he was worth a gamble, ready for the World Cup and should be picked ahead of Mohammad Amir and Usman Shinwari.

Hasnain has only played three List A matches, all of which are internationals and has only played two first-class matches, both of which were in September 2018 for his domestic team Pakistan Television. Hasnain's selection can be termed risky as this teenager is raw, untried, but he gives Pakistan the X-factor in the bowling department which is something that over the years has made their bowling attacks very special.

He comes into the World Cup without any baggage, fear or concerns and that could well work to his advantage. He is a cricketer who could light up the World Cup and become a household name if given the opportunity to. Hasnain and Shaheen Shah Afridi both of whom are 19 could be the youngest new-ball pairing at the World Cup, but at the same time they could be the most effective and eye-catching.

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Updated Date: Apr 23, 2019 19:01:55 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254