Hasan’s comeback is a great lesson for young pacers

From our correspondent

LAHORE: Following a huge fight against multiple injuries Hasan Ali showed his grace on a comeback Test series against South Africa which ended at Pakistan’s 2-0 triumph recently, the first series win against the Proteas after 17 years. Hasan collected ten-for, his maiden such match figures in his Test career to play a key role in Pakistan’s success.

Hasan was seen in the Rawalpindi Test using both old and new ball with great accuracy. His pace, accuracy and reverse swing unsettled the South Africa’s batting in both the innings. He took wickets at certain stages of the Pindi Test when Pakistan needed them the most. And bowling coach Waqar Younis appreciated the approach and the way Hasan showed character by making a strong comeback following one and a half year struggle against injuries.

“Hasan is a great character,” Waqar told a virtual news conference on Wednesday.

“He came back after injury and the way he performed, hats off to him,” Waqar said.

“This should be remember that Hasan had got great success in the initial stage of his Test career. But suddenly he found himself facing injuries which dogged his career. But he did not lose heart, kept himself mentally strong, worked hard and staged a superb comeback after showing fitness in domestic cricket. I remember when I got injured in the 1992 World Cup. Its really hurting as one thinks about something high and suddenly such an issue comes,” Waqar said.

“Hasan also set a lesson for fast bowlers if you are mentally tough then comeback can be managed,” Waqar said.

“I will tell the fast bowlers, if you bowl fast then injuries will come as there is a lot of load on their bodies and they will have to remain mentally strong,” Waqar said.

“Hasan is doing  good job. I have seen him in tough times being injured and struggling, but the best thing is he never gave up,” Younis said. “He bowled really well in Rawalpindi,” he was quick to add. ally.

“I have seen Hasan do all the hard work, the work he put into his recovery, getting fitter, playing first-class cricket and reviving himself again. He is fitter than ever and of course he had big role in winning the series against South Africa with support from others. Afridi] and Yasir bowled well, Nauman was brilliant and Faheem Ashraf was excellent in our pack of bowlers. They all did their job and this 2-0 is massive because South Africa is a big nation to have toured Pakistan and winning against them is a big achievement.

“A fast bowler’s career can surely go on for five to seven years. Maybe longer. Neither me nor Wasim or Shoaib played for their whole life. It’s a circle and new players come in replacing the previous ones. Look at Hasan’s comeback strongly and he earned his place,” Waqar said. “Sometimes injuries play a major part. Even Pat Cummins or Jasprit Bumrah and few others in other countries, they all have had their fair share of injuries in their career but they came back after rehabilitation with full fitness and they are staying relevant with their performance,” he said.

“I am hopeful now that we have started playing at home, you will see this present lot of fast bowlers will have lengthy careers with success. If you see, most of the bowlers do well in their own conditions. I feel they are more comfortable bowling at home.”