Haider Ali became the first Pakistani batsman to score half a century on the T20I’s debut.© Twitter
Pakistan ended its tour of England with a five-run win in their third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) to sign the series at Old Trafford. There were many positive signs for the visitors, with special praise for 19-year-old debutant Haider Ali. Former pacer Shoaib Akhtar also praised the batsman, who hit 54 runs from 33 balls. Shoaib, on his YouTube channel, then compared him to Captain Babar Azam. “Haider Ali is at the same level or even better than Babar Azam in white ball cricket because he is very talented. Good talent has been supported and its reward has been shown,” said Shoaib.
Haidar also drew attention with his brilliant collaboration with veteran Mohammad Hafeez. The duo had a 100-run partnership for the third wicket. Hafeez did not score 86 out of 52 deliveries. Pakistan beat England by five runs, after hitting a 191-point goal.
“I always say we should use youngsters. Look what happened after Haider Ali got a chance. He put on an excellent show and also scored half a century,” said Shoaib.
Wahab Riaz and Haidar Ali have also repaid voters’ faith. Riaz registered two wickets of 26 runs in four overs. “Pakistan has learned from their bad selection errors after not playing Wahab Riaz and Haider Ali. He scored an amazing half century on his debut,” Shoaib joked.
He also discussed the selection of Shoaib Malik. “Why is he playing? If he’s not bowling, why isn’t he hitting higher in the league table? Hafeez proves that his squad is good for the team, but Malik isn’t yet. He is and will be a very prolific player. useful to us, but because of his age he will be under a lot of pressure. ”
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