Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali eyes for Champions Trophy 2017 Golden Ball as a leading wicket-taker in the tournament.
The 23-year-old bowler is in terrific form and among the wickets. So, on Sunday he would like to take a few more wickets to get his hands on the Golden Ball.
Hasan Ali is currently leading the Champions Trophy 2017 wicket-takers tally with 10 scalps in four matches. Also read: Champions Trophy 2017: Here is how Pakistan got to their first-ever final in this tournament
“It’s like a dream,” Hasan told AFP on Friday. “I set a goal for myself during the West Indies series (in Guyana in April) and it was to become the best bowler in the Champions Trophy. I want to achieve that goal.”
For his success in the marquee ICC tournament, Hasan credited Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood for helping him improve his bowling in English conditions.
“I will give the credit for my improvement to Azhar Mahmood, who has been working very hard with us bowlers,” said Hasan. “I have the much-needed rhythm, so I will do my best to continue that.”
Hasan is regarded as one of the bright future for Pakistan cricket and his exploits in the 2017 Champions Trophy has helped Pakistan to beat favourites South Africa and England. Also read: Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed’s uncle will cheer for India in final
He was instrumental in Pakistan’s comprehensive win over hosts and red-hot favourites England in the semi-final, picking up three top-order wickets, including the prized scalp of Ben Stokes.
His ten wickets have come at an average of just 17.20 and he has set his sights on picking up a few more in the final as well.
Hasan has taken 39 wickets from 20 ODIs so far.