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Hasan Ali Breaks Waqar Younis' Record in Third Sri Lanka ODI

Cricketnext | Updated: October 19, 2017, 10:07 AM IST
Hasan Ali Breaks Waqar Younis' Record in Third Sri Lanka ODI

File image of Hasan Ali. (Getty Images)

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New Delhi: Pakistan never fails to produce fast bowlers of the highest quality. Be it Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis or someone as recent as Mohammad Amir. But these days, there is a young pacer, who is slowly rising through the ranks, and delivering for his team, every time he steps on the field. It was during the Champions Trophy that the world took notice of Hasan Ali, the 23-year-old speedster.

In the finals of the Champions Trophy, he wrecked havoc on the much-feared Indian batting line-up, finishing with the figures of 3/16. He took the game away from India, and the cup too. To his credit, he carried his superlative form after that tournament too.

With some consistent bowling, Ali not only cemented his place in the ODI team, but also became the fastest Pakistani bowler to 50 ODI wickets. Ali managed this feat in just 24 matches, surpassing Waqar Younis, who achieved the feat in 27 games. During the match against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi, Ali claimed 4 wickets to shatter Younis' record.

Apart from that, Ali is also the highest wicket-taker in ODIs in 2017. In a total of 17 innings, he has scalped 41 wickets. The Pakistani is above Jasprit Bumrah (29), Liam Plunkett (36), Rashid Khan (36), and Kagiso Rabada (26).

With two more ODIs to go in Pakistan-Sri Lanka series, Ali is expected to increase his record further.
First Published: October 19, 2017, 7:40 AM IST
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