Hasan overtakes Shaheen, becomes leading wicket-taker in 2021


Pakistani pacer Hasan Ali has bounced back from his T20 World Cup setback and is on a roll becoming the leading wicket-taker in 2021 across all formats during the Men In Green’s T20I match against Bangladesh on Friday.

Ali’s three-wicket haul for 22 took him to 64 wickets, as he helped Pakistan restrict Bangladesh to 127-7. The Babar Azam-led side won the match by four wickets.

Shaheen Shah Afridi is right behind him with 62 wickets, while Sri Lanka’s Dushmantha Chameera and South Africa’s Tabriz Shamsi have taken 50 wickets each.

The pacer had last week become Pakistan’s leading T20 wicket-taker this year after he had bagged 46 wickets.

Meanwhile, Pakistani right-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz has taken 45 T20 wickets so far this year.

Pakistanis took to Twitter to laud the right-arm fast bowler, who was trolled a lot and blamed by a section of Pakistani cricket fans for the loss against Australia in the T20 World Cup semi-final after he dropped Matthew Wade.

Here are some of the tweets that sang praises for Hassan Ali’s performance against Bangladesh today.

“Comeback is always greater than setback,” tweeted Asad Abdullah. “Surely Hassan Ali is back.” —APP

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