Hello and welcome to the Big Bash League, Mohammad Hasnain.
The 21-year-old Pakistan international produced the best of a BBL rookie Sunday night, taking three wickets and conceding no runs in the Sydney Thunder’s 28-run win over the Adelaide Strikers.
After the Strikers got a leg goodbye on their first ball, Hasnain hit, with Matt Short caught on the leg straight back by Daniel Sams.
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In the next installment, starter Jake Weatherald was hit by Hasnain’s rhythm and caught on the LBW rig.
Jono Wells saw the hat-trick ball, but then fell to Hasnain a delivery later, with his shot-throw attempt only finding veteran Ben Cutting in the middle of the wicket.
Young forward Henry Hunt survived the last ball of the over, alone. Hasnain delivered an impressive, full swing ball that narrowly missed Hunt’s outer edge.
Nonetheless, the strikers’ chase momentum had oscillated dramatically, going from 0-25 to 3-25 in six balls where Hasnain reached speeds of up to 149 km / h.
Understandably, Hasnain received a glowing standing ovation from fans of the Thunder at the Sydney Showgrounds or their triple wicket maiden, while his heroics also left cricket experts speechless.
“I don’t know what to say, this is phenomenal to watch,” former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee told Fox Cricket.
“It just shows the raw rhythm. A beautiful approach to the fold, a wonderful presentation of the stitching, a charming snap of the wrist – any young bowler who wants to bowl fast, these are the three components he needs. “
Former England bowler Isa Guha said “It has to be the best BBL debut of all time.”
“This is something extraordinary… He came on Christmas night. He has been away from his team because they have been in a Covid bubble. You have your chance tonight. It is the first time he has met with his colleagues and has won three plots to none. “
Star hitter Usman Khawaja led the praise on social media, suggesting Hasnain was “firing rockets” while others suggested there was a hint from Scott Boland Ashes’ debut about the Pakistani’s performance on BBL.
Hasnain finished all four of his allotted overs at 3-20, a spell that included an impressive 14 ball points.
Only Nielsen got hold of Hasnain, conjuring a four and a six from the 13th, and all four only came about due to a bad play by Arjun Nair on the edge.
Hasnain, who has played 18 T20I games for his country and is the youngest bowler to score a T20I hat-trick, was signed by the Thunder just before Christmas.
Cutting first met Hasnain while playing for the Quetta Gladiators of the Pakistan Super League in 2020.
Last year, Hasnain set the record for fastest delivery in both that tournament and the Caribbean Super League.
Cutting warned that Australian hitters could find it difficult to contain the youngster’s explosive pace.
“He cooks fast; easily 150 km / h, “he said.
“He is a lovely kid, and his home team is eager for him to learn about the game and also to come here and play fast.”