Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali has been in the news ever since he dropped wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade in the semifinal of the 20-20 World Cup. The incident occurred during the penultimate over of the innings and was one of the significant turning points of the game. After the costly miss, Wade smacked Shaheen Shah Afridi for three sixes to finish the match.
Pakistan’s unbeaten run of five wins came to a grinding halt as the team crashed out of the showpiece event. After the game, Hasan became the target on social media as fans started to hurl abuse and use inappropriate language towards the pacer. People brought his religion and caste into play and also dragged his family. Amidst the widespread outpour on social media, few Pakistan players like Shadab Khan and Asif Ali came to support the pacer. Now, Ali has penned an emotional note and apologised for the costly miss. He also urged the fans to support him.
“I know you all are upset because my performance didn’t meet your expectations but not more disappointed than me. Don’t change your expectations from me. I want to serve Pakistan cricket at the highest level possible, so back to hard work. “This patch will make me stronger. Thank you for all the messages, tweets, posts, calls, and duas (prayers) – needed them,” Ali tweeted.
میرا سینہ تیری حُرمت کا ہے سنگین حصار،
میرے محبوب وطن تُجھ پہ اگر جاں ہو نثار
میں یہ سمجھوں گا ٹھکانے لگا سرمایہِ تن،
اے میرے پیارے وطن 💚🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/4xiTS0hAvx
— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) November 13, 2021
Ali, who has given several match-winning performances for Pakistan, had become a villain in an instance. He also failed to get any wickets in the semifinals and was smashed for 44 runs in four overs.
Not too long ago, Ali was the national hero due to his success in the 2017 Champions Trophy. The right-arm pacer has vowed to come back stronger from this drop catch incident.