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Wednesday Sep 02 2020
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Haider Ali gave Pakistan the missing X-factor: Wasim Akram

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APP
Haider, 19, became the first Pakistan batsman to hit a half-century in his first Twenty20 as he struck 54 from 33 balls against England in the third and final game of the three-match series. — AFP/Files

ISLAMABAD: Teenage debutant Haider Ali has given Pakistan team the X-factor, which was missing, said legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram.

The former Pakistan captain said that the Attock-born cricketer showed his talent against one of the best sides in the world of cricket.

Haider, 19, became the first Pakistan batsman to hit a half-century in his first Twenty20 as he struck 54 from 33 balls against England in the third and final game of the three-match series.

The right-hander hit the second ball of his international career, bowled by Moeen Ali, for six in a game Pakistan won by five runs to earn a 1-1 draw.

"Where was he? That's what the whole country has been saying during the first two games. Finally he has got the chance and he showed his talent against one of the best sides in cricket world. The shots he played weren't slogs.”

"Pakistan were missing that X-factor and now, with him in the playing XI at number 3, that X-factor is back," skysports.com quoted Wasim as saying.

Wasim said it was an exciting time for Pakistan to have this young talent.

“He has a bright future. Pakistan and world cricket should be very excited. T20 cricket is about no fear if you hit a six, you go after a six again, Wasim said.

He further said that the '90s cricket of hitting a boundary and then taking a single is no longer required.

"That's what Haider brings - a positivity, something new. It was so much fun to see him play those shots," Wasim said.

Pakistan edged a thriller at Emirates Old Trafford on Tuesday to earn a series draw and snap England's five-series winning streak in T20s.

The former skipper said it was a huge win for Pakistan, the captain Babar Azam and the coach Misbah-ul-Haq.