Quetta Gladiator’s pacer Mohammad Hasnain has won the hearts of cricket fans after an exceptional performance against Peshawar Zalmi. The 9th match in PSL season 8 may have ended in Peshawar’s favour but the spectators cannot forget the impressive bowling spell by the fast bowler. Social media is rife with appreciation posts for Hasnain more than the actual match winners.
Mohammad Hasnain on Fire
Zalmi was able to beat the target of 155 set by Gladiators but not so easily. Mohammad Hasnain was a constant threat on the pitch, taking 3 key wickets. On his first ball, Hasnain dismissed Zalmi’s opener Mohammad Haris who gained a strong lead in the first 2 overs. Haris stood at 18 runs off 9 balls when Hasnain stopped him in his tracks. Then he proceeded to drop Saim Ayub on 0 with the second ball of his first over.
The right-armer did not stop at that and returned with greater fury in his second over. After receiving a couple of boundaries from Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Hasnain took the Englishman’s wicket as well, making it 3 for himself, the highest of the match. It was enough to make the crowd go wild but Zalmi survived and won by 4 wickets. Hasnain continued to bowl brilliantly making a maiden final over. The youngster finished the game giving away only 13 runs.
One of the many reasons why folks are happy for Mohammad Hasnain is his comeback after a year-long hiatus from cricket. In January 2022, an ICC test report found his bowling action to be illegal, leading to his suspension. However, after reassessment, his action was deemed legal as his elbow extension angle was within the 15-degree threshold allowed by the ICC.
Hasnain has credited Umar Gul for working on improving his action, speed, line, and length. Speaking to the media, he revealed that Gul would give the bowlers plans on how to bowl and analysts inform them about the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent’s batters.
It looks like cricket viewers are enjoying how Hasnain has turned things around to become one of the huge prospects for the future.
Struggling at the Bottom
Having won only 1 match out of 3, Quetta Gladiators stand at number 5 in the points table, ahead of the reigning champions Lahore Qalandars. Both teams will lock horns on Tuesday 21 February to try and close some gap with the top 2. Multan Sultan is leading the table with 6 points, while Peshawar Zalmi stands at number 2 with 4 points. The rest of the 4 teams have 2 points each with a disproportionate number of matches.