The new number one: Hasan Ali achieves childhood dream


SHARJAH: Hasan Ali is officially the world´s best one-day bowler, with an early career record surpassing even legendary compatriot Waqar Younis and a unique ´bomb explosion´ wicket celebration which is just as eye-catching.The 23-year-old, who is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, has enjoyed a meteoric rise in just 14 months.He became the joint third fastest bowler to claim 50 one-day wickets with the mark achieved in 23 matches, the same number as Australian icon Dennis Lillee and four games fewer than Waqar.Since making his ODI debut against Ireland in August in 2016, Hasan is the leading wicket taker with 54 victims. He is also the best this year with 43 wickets in 17 matches.
“It´s a dream come true,” Hasan told AFP. “I set many goals in my childhood and to be the world number one bowler was amongst the top.”
Hasan has helped Pakistan to a 4-0 lead in the current series against Sri Lanka with 12 wickets, including 5-34 in Abu Dhabi.
He also played a leading role in Pakistan´s Champions Trophy win in June in England where he finished with 13 wickets and was named player of the tournament.


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