Talking about the clash against India, Pakistan seamer Hasan said that why his team can’t replicate the performance of the 2017 Champions Trophy where Pakistan beat India in the final at the Oval. It was a very good phase in Pakistan cricket and they will try to beat their arch-rivals in the upcoming T20 World Cup as well.
Before every global event, there is always a lot of hullabaloo from the Pakistan corner but till date, they haven’t beaten India in either 50-over or T20 World Cup games.
In fact, they have also failed to beat India in practice games.
“When we won the Champions Trophy (in 2017), it was a very good time for us and we will try to beat them again in the T20 World Cup. We will give our best. Playing against India is always a pressure game because of the expectations of fans from both countries,” Hasan told a virtual media conference on Wednesday.
He pointed out that the Pakistan and India match are the most-watched ones at the global events.
“Even those people who don’t normally watch cricket follow the India vs Pakistan matches, so the pressure on the players is high but we will give it our best.”
Hasan also feels that spinners would dominate in the dry conditions in UAE but it didn’t mean that pacers couldn’t do well in those conditions.
“We know how to bowl in those conditions but yes you can see all teams have picked many spinners in their squads.”
“Honestly speaking, I was disappointed because the World Cup was coming and such a change happened and they left,” he said.
“But it is not our domain as a player and this is something for the Pakistan Cricket Board and others to handle. Our job is to perform and try to win matches for Pakistan.”
Hasan said that Waqar was a role model for him and he would miss his guidance but as a professional one has to move on.
“I wish them the best. I will miss Waqar’s guidance as I took up bowling after watching him bowl on screen.”
Hasan also spoke on the appointment of Vernon Philander “We all know that Philander is a great bowler and he has performed at the top level. We are looking forward to working with him but it is too early to say how much benefit we can get from him as this will only be clear once he joins the squad.”
Hasan stated that Pakistan would not underestimate the New Zealand squad in the home series in ODIs or T20 Internationals “I think their team has enough potential to give us a tough time and the thing is they have to come to Pakistan after playing a tough series in Bangladesh in dry conditions and they will not be easy to beat,” he added.
“Right now, the focus is on the home series against New Zealand because my team needs me to deliver for them all the time.”
Hasan also spelt out his ambition to become a proper all-rounder, “I want to be a good all-rounder in all three formats. The presence of someone like Abdul Razzaq who has joined us recently has already been a big help to me. He is teaching me how to do power hitting while keeping a balance at the crease. He has been a quality all-rounder for Pakistan.”