‘Hasan Ali u are a champion’ – Shadab Khan urges fans to not target pacer over dismal show in semi-final

‘Hasan Ali u are a champion’ – Shadab Khan urges fans to not target pacer over dismal show in semi-final

Hasan Ali endured a hard time in the semi-final against Australia.

Shadab Khan
Shadab Khan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Pakistan’s dream campaign in the T20 World Cup 2021 ended with a five-wicket defeat against Australia in the semi-finals. Defending 176 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the Men in Green looked in command for the best part. However, Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis played some delightful shots in the end overs to take Australia home.

Wade was brilliant in particular as he smashed Shaheen Shah Afridi to three consecutive sixes in the penultimate over to seal the contest. However, Pakistan had a chance of dismissing the southpaw before he unleashed his onslaught. Wade had mistimed a big shot in the very same over as Hasan Ali looked all set to take the catch at the deep mid-wicket region.

However, he couldn’t hold his nerves and the catch was dropped. Moreover, the pacer endured a hard time with the ball as well, returning with figures of 0/44 in his quota of four overs. With Hasan Ali’s dismal show costing Pakistan a place in the final, the star pacer faced a lot of flak on social media. Nevertheless, he received support from his teammate Shadab Khan who urged fans to not target the pacer.

Hasan Ali is Pakistan’s match-winner: Shadab Khan

Hasan Ali u are a champion The entire team is with you. To all the fans, everyone goes through tough times, we are all human beings capable of errors. Remember the joy Hasan has given you, don’t do personal attacks please. He is Pakistan’s match-winner. #WeStandWithHasanAli,” wrote Shadab on Instagram while sharing a picture of Hasan Ali.

 

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Meanwhile, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam also accepted that Hasan’s dropped catch was the turning point of the game. However, he also lauded his team to performing brilliantly throughout the competition.

“The turning point was that dropped catch. Had we taken it, the scenario could have been different. The way we gelled and played the entire tournament, I am satisfied as a captain. Hopefully we’ll learn from this for the next tournament. When you play so well throughout, there were small mistakes that cost us the match in the end,” said Babar after the game.

“We gave players roles and they executed it really well. The way the crowds supported us, we enjoyed a lot as a team. We always enjoy playing here,” he added. Meanwhile, Trans-Tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand will meet in the final clash at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on November 11 (Sunday).