Not Mohammad Amir, not Junaid Khan, Pakistan are looking up to rookie right-arm pacer Hasan Ali to finish India off in the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.
The 23-year-old has grabbed headlines with his wicket-taking ability and in conditions that have generally favoured batsmen, Hasan Ali has 10 scalps at an average of just 17.2, the best in ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
It is not Hasan Ali’s wicket-taking ability that is making headlines, but his celebration style has taken Pakistan fans by storm.
The spectacular celebration is a mix of Brett Lee’s clenched fist pitch punch that ends with those Shahid Afridi-like arms fully stretched in delight.
Hasan Ali explains his style resembles the ‘bursting of a bomb’ and he wants to do this “at least three-four-five times” against the fancied Indians, who are chasing their third Champions trophy title.