They say “catches win matches,” and nobody more than Hasan Ali can relate to that at the moment. The Pakistani pacer dropped Matthew Wade’s catch in the high-octane semifinal played on Thursday. The Australian wicketkeeper then smoked 3 sixes in the successive 3 balls to win a historic match for his team.
This dear mistake by Hasan Ali was not taken lightly by the Pakistani fans who believe that the dropped catch was tantamount to dropping the world cup itself. Hence began what can only be described as a charade of criticism on social media and different platforms. Hasan Ali was adjourned as the sole perpetrator for the end of Pakistan’s unbeaten campaign.
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
After receiving severe criticism, Ali finally took it to Twitter to issue an apology. In his tweet, the pacer wrote, “I know you all are upset because my performance didn’t meet your expectations but not more than disappointed than me. Don’t change your expectations for me. I want to serve Pakistan cricket at the highest level possible.” He further mentioned that he would work hard and emerge at the other end of his rough patch better and stronger.
The tables turn very quickly in cricket. Hasan Ali is the same player who became the hero of his nation in 2017 when his team won the ICC Champions Trophy. Now, after just one dropped catch, he is subjected to trolling and negativity as if he is the sole villain of the country.
The victory against Pakistan has provided a second chance for Australia to win the one ICC trophy which is missing from their cabinet.