World Cup 2019: Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali not worried by his recent lack of wickets

Waseem Ahmed 08:57 30/05/2019
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Hasan Ali (r) does not fear the prospect of flat pitches.

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali is unfazed by the prospect of bowling on flat pitches during the 2019 ICC World Cup in England.

Huge totals are set to be the order of the day in the World Cup which gets underway on Thursday with a clash between hosts England and South Africa.

Hasan, who is set to form a crucial part of Pakistan’s pace attack, is prepared to bowl on flat pitches with little assistance.

“The way modern cricket is going, every bowler needs to know that taking wickets is the key,” the Pakistan man was quoted as saying by AFP.

“You take wickets and you win matches,” he added.

The 24-year-old finished as the highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps in England when Pakistan won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy two years ago. However, his recent form has not been too encouraging with the pacer picking up just three wickets in Pakistan’s 4-0 ODI series loss to hosts England.

The pacer did not have the best of series against England.

The pacer did not have the best of series against England.

Hasan, though, is not worried about his lack of wickets in recent game.

“I know that I have not taken many wickets since the South Africa tour, but I am doing the hard work with bowling coach (Azhar Mahmood) and once I get my rhythm I am sure wickets will come my way,” he explained.

The Pakistan pacer also believes that the induction of senior bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz into the 15-man squad for the World Cup has bolstered the bowling attack big time.

“We know that our bowling, which has been our strength, is not doing well but with the return of two experienced bowlers in Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir our bowling is now at full strength,” he stated.

Pakistan are slated to open their World Cup campaign on Friday when they take on two-time champions West Indies at Trent Bridge.

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