World Cup 2019: “Surprise package” and “X-factor” Mohammad Hasnain with his 150kmph speed is all set for his bowling blitz
Pakistan's chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq called the young bowler a surprise package.
Updated - May 5, 2019 10:23 am
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh had Four years ago, predicted young fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain would one day make a name for himself in the international stage. Called as an “X-factor” for Pakistan by Mickey Arthur, the 19-year-old can prove himself and prove Waugh’s prediction since he has earned himself a spot in Pakistan’s squad for the World Cup.
Pakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq called the young bowler a “surprise package” and that his 150 km/h speed “sends shivers down your spine”, while legendary fast bowler and former captain Waqar Younis says he sees shades of himself in Hasnain’s blistering pace. The 19-year-old has only made three ODI appearances so far as international debut within a week of leading the Quetta Gladiators to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) title.
According to the Sportstar, Hasnain was quoted saying “It’s a great honour to represent Pakistan and the honour multiplied when I was named in the World Cup squad. I am on cloud 9 and ready to make batsmen struggle with my speed. I love to bowl fast and that is my strong point.”
In 2015, he was selected in Pakistan’s U-15 team to tour Australia. The then coach of the junior team, Mohammad Masroor recalled an incident from that tour and said, “I remember that at the Bradman ground near Sydney, Steve Waugh came to watch his son Austin and he saw Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasnain in action. He predicted that the two boys will make an impact at the international level.”
Hasnain reveals that Waughs were inspiring
Before the World Cup commences, Pakistan will play a five-match ODI series against England, that starts on May 8. Mohammad Hasnain is a part of the squad for the series and will get a chance to prove himself before the big event.
When asked about how he felt about the legendary Steve Waugh’s prediction, the 19-year-old said, “I didn’t know much about Steve Waugh when we met. But later I got to know that he was a World Cup winner, a great batsman and a shrewd captain. His words were inspiring and I want to prove him right. I know the England series is a big chance for me and then the World Cup. I will do my best to make a name for myself. I will, definitely.”