Pakistan paceman Hasan Ali has been rewarded for an impressive breakthrough year with the title of ICC ‘Emerging Player of the Year’.
According to ICC press release, Hasan Ali’s career sky-rocketed in 2017, as he went from a near-unknown to one of the world’s best performers in just 12 months.
Although the 23-year-old made his ODI and T20I debuts in 2016, it was last year when he really came to worldwide attention. Pakistan’s victory at the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy propelled Hasan into millions of living rooms – and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. He took 13 wickets in the tournament as Pakistan triumphed over India in the final, earning the Player of the Series award in the process.
Hasan’s game-awareness, variety and clever changes of pace bamboozled batsmen during the tournament. Despite playing in unfamiliar English conditions, he took four more wickets than any other bowler at an average of just 14.69 and an unsurpassed economy rate of 4.29.