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PSL 2021: “Not going to hug the batsman after hitting him on the helmet” – Hasan Ali

Pakistan and Islamabad United pacer Hasan Ali has mentioned he’s not going to hug the batsman or chat with him after hitting him on the helmet.

Hasan Ali was talking in reference to the Sarfaraz Ahmed-Shaheen Afridi incident throughout the Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars match in PSL 2021. The two Pakistani cricketers have been concerned in an unsightly spat after Afridi hit Ahmed on the helmet with a bouncer.

In an interview with Cricket Pakistan, Hasan Ali was requested how he would react if he hit a senior batsman from his nation with a bouncer. The pacer responded:

“As a professional, if you hit a batsman on the helmet, it is your responsibility to ask him once if he is okay. That is sportsmanship spirit. But I am not going to hug the batsman or chat with him after hitting him on the helmet. This a game of cricket after all. No bowler would want to send down gentle deliveries to the batsman and get hit for fours and sixes.”

“If the batsman get hit, a bowler can check on him once as an act of courtesy. After that, it is the medical staff’s responsibility to look after the batsman and do a concussion test. Just because I hit a batsman, does not mean I go and treat him as well,” he went on to add.

As a senior participant, you’ve gotten to take duty: Hasan Ali

Islamabad United completed the PSL 2021 league stage on high of the factors desk, with eight wins out of 10. In reality, they’ve received their final 5 matches in a row.

In their penultimate group encounter in opposition to Peshawar Zalmi, their stand-in captain Usman Khawaja hammered a superb hundred. Reflecting on Islamabad United’s very good batting effort in the match, the place they put up 247 batting first, Hasan Ali mentioned:

“Our captain for that game Usman Khawaja batted brilliantly and, after that, Asif Ali slammed 43 runs in 14 balls. Brandon King also batted very well on his debut. Colin Munro also gave a very good start. So it’s great that Islamabad United have been in such good form and, in every game, different batsmen have stood up.”

Hasan Ali himself has been spectacular with the ball, claiming 12 wickets in PSL 2021 to this point. Speaking about his efficiency, Hasan Ali mentioned that, as a senior, he’s sure to take duty. The pacer acknowledged:

“As a senior player, you have to take responsibility. The youngsters are supporting me very well. Mohammad Wasim Jr bowled nicely in Karach leg as well as here. Akif (Javed) has made a comeback after a while and he has also impressed. This is a really good bowling unit and we want to keep performing the same way.”

Islamabad United will take on Multan Sultans in the Qualifier of PSL 2021 on Monday. Peshawar Zalmi will meet Karachi Kings in Eliminator 1.

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Edited by Sankalp Srivastava

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