Cricket

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.

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

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.

For all the latest news, opinions and analysis from ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, click here

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

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

T20 World Cup: Complete squads of all 16 competing nations
First Cricket News

T20 World Cup: Complete squads of all 16 competing nations

T20 World Cup squads: A look at the squads of all 16 competing nations at the tournament. The 2022 edition gets going on 16 October, with the final on 13 November.

FIBA Women's World Cup: Breanna Stewart, debuting Alyssa Thomas help US beat Belgium
Sports

FIBA Women's World Cup: Breanna Stewart, debuting Alyssa Thomas help US beat Belgium

Thomas had 14 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in her debut for the Americans, who beat Belgium 87-72 in the tournament opener

ICC T20 World Cup: Scotland announce 15-member squad for the tournament
First Cricket News

ICC T20 World Cup: Scotland announce 15-member squad for the tournament

Richie Berrington will lead the side which includes Chris Greaves who made his debut at last year's ICC T20 World Cup scoring a match-winning 45 versus Bangladesh