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Saturday Nov 27 2021
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Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Hasan Ali is now in the company of bowling greats Imran Khan, Waqar Younis

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Web Desk
Former Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis (left), Hasan Ali (center) and Imran Khan (right). Photo: file
Former Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis (left), Hasan Ali (center) and Imran Khan (right). Photo: file

Pakistani right-arm pacer Hasan Ali has bounced back from his disappointing performance in the T20 World Cup to once again become a fan favourite. 

Hasan was the architect of Bangladesh's lower-order batting collapse on Saturday as he took quick wickets to ensure a dangerous Bangladesh were restricted to 330 runs in their first innings at Chittagong. 

With figures of 5/51, Hasan Ali not only managed to be the pick of the Pakistani bowlers during Bangladesh's first innings but also got his name written in history along with some of the greatest fast bowlers of all time produced by Pakistan.  

With his latest five-fer, Hasan Ali is now at par with Imran Khan for five-wicket hauls in Test cricket by a Pakistani fast bowler in a calendar year. Former Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis leads the record for Pakistani fast bowlers, as he took six five-fers in 1993. 

Waqar Younis also took 5 five-fers in a calendar year in 1990. While former captain Imran Khan took his 5 five-fers in 1982, Hasan Ali achieved the feat today. 

Hasan Ali thanks fans for support after dismal T20 World Cup

A couple of days earlier, Hasan Ali had thanked fans for sticking by him despite his crucial dropped catch in Shaheen Shah Afridi's last over in the ICC T20 World Cup semi-final against Australia. 

Pakistan had ended up losing the match to Australia after Matthew Wade, given a reprieve, slapped the next three balls for sixes. 

"I know you all are upset because my performance didn't meet your expectations ... but [you] are not more disappointed than me," Hasan Ali had posted on social media a few days earlier. 

"Don't change your expectations from me. I want to serve [the] Pakistan cricket at the highest level possible, so back to hard work," he had added. "This patch will make me stronger."