The game that always creates war-like situation between Pakistan and India comes again when title-holders India face Pakistan will face off at London’s Oval ground on Sunday Hasan Ali .
Here we take you through the reasons why Hasan Ali can wreak havoc on Indian batting line and can lead the team to victory through outstanding bowling attack.
With Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan among the ranks, Hassan Ali wasn’t expected to be the spearhead of Pakistan’s bowling repertoire. However, that is exactly what has happened.
He is not the one to give batsmen an intimidating look to trouble them with venom and ferocity, but will gradually get under their skins.
The Punjab-born bowler is currently leading the list of top wicket-takers with 10 in four games.
Hasan was expensive in Pakistan’s erstwhile encounter against India, but his current form is bound to infuse confidence in the Men in Green, going into the Finale.
The 23-year-old has been central to Pakistan’s progress since a woeful 124-run defeat by India in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4 and heads into Sunday’s final at the Oval as the 2017 edition’s leading wicket-taker with 10 at an average of just 17.20 apiece.
Given that Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India’s most successful bowler, has taken six wickets so far, it will take something special to stop Hasan from finishing as the leading wicket-taker in a tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day international sides.
Hasan’s achievement is all the more impressive given he only made his ODI debut in August last year.
Hasan’s impressive array of skills were on show during Pakistan’s dominant eight-wicket semi-final win in Cardiff on Wednesday against an England side previously unbeaten in the tournament.