The latest fast-bowling sensation from Pakistan, Hasan Ali has stormed into the headlines with a remarkable feat, becoming the quickest Pakistani to 50 wickets. Hasan achieved the landmark in 24 matches equaling the great Australian pacer Dennis Lillee’s record.
Having come to the limelight following his match-winning bowling performances in Champions Trophy 2017, Hasan hasn’t looked back since. He is easily the leader of the Pakistani pace attack in the absence of Muhammad Amir and definitely the go-to man for Sarfaraz whenever he needs wickets.
Fastest Pakistani to 50 Wickets
Hasan overtook Pakistan bowling legends, Waqar Younis and Saqlain Mushtaq, who reached the 50 wickets mark in 27 and 28 ODIs respectively.
The right-arm quick, who took 13 wickets at 14.69 in the Champions Trophy, played a crucial role in helping Pakistan win Champions Trophy for the first time.
The record for fastest 50 wickets in ODIs for Pakistan was held by the legendary Waqar Younis. Here’s the list:
- Hasan Ali – 24
- Waqar Younis – 27
- Saqlain Mushtaq – 28
- Shoaib Akhtar / Rana Naved-ul-Hasan – 29
Most Wickets in 2017
Hasan also became the leading wicket-taker of 2017 (40) with his brilliant 5-34 against Sri Lanka in the third ODI at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Behind him are Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and England’s Liam Plunkett, who are both four wickets short of Hasan’s tally.
Leading Wicket-takers of 2017
Hasan’s consistent run with the ball has made him the leading wicket taker of the year.
- Hasan Ali – 40
- Liam Plunkett – 36
- Rashid Khan – 36
- Jasprit Bumrah – 29
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With figures of 10-0-34-5, Hasan Ali is now the only bowler with three five wicket hauls in ODI cricket in 2017. The last time a Pakistani pacer took three five-wicket hauls was in 1999 by none other than Pakistan’s bowling coach Azhar Mahmood.