KARACHI: Pakistan’s pace sensation Hasan Ali on Wednesday completed 50 wickets of his ODI career, in his 24th ODI, becoming the quickest Pakistani to reach the milestone.
Hasan Ali finished with bowling figures of 10-0-34-5 in Pakistan’s third ODI against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday evening, which also made him leading wicket-taker of the year 2017.
The 23-year old bowler reached 50th wicket of his ODI career by getting Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya caught behind the wickets by Sarfraz Ahmed.
He surpassed Waqar Younis to become Pakistan’s quickest to reach 50 ODI wickets. The former captain reached 50 ODI wickets in 27th match, while Saqlain Mushtaq reached this feat in 28 ODIs.
Hasan is also jointly overall the third quickest to 50 ODI wickets with Australian great Dennis Lillee. The list is headed by Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis, who reached this feat in 19 ODIs. India’s Agarkar and New Zealand’s McClenaghan are jointly 2nd in the list; they both reached the feat in 23rd ODIs.
The young pacer, who was also the leading wicket-taker in ICC Champions Trophy this summer, has also promoted himself on top of the list of leading wicket-takers in the calendar year 2017.