Former Australia batsman Tom Moody has heaped praise on Pakistan rising star Haider Ali, calling him a “special talent”.
Moody’s comments come after Haider stole the spotlight in his international debut, which came during the third T20 International against England.
The 19-year-old smashed a 33-ball 54, which included five boundaries and two sixes, to lead Pakistan to a five-run win.
“First saw Haider Ali in South Africa in the U/19’s WC (World Cup), it was clear he was a special talent, just love that he’s been given the opportunity to shine today!” Moody said on Twitter
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) September 1, 2020
Ali impressed one and all during his outings in the 2020 U19 World Cup held in South Africa. He then made a mark in the 2020 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), representing Peshawar Zalmi.
Last week, the Misbah-ul-Haq coached side thought of presenting Ali with his maiden international cap, during the 3rd T20I against England at Old Trafford in Manchester.
Batting first, Pakistan were in a spot of bother after the loss of Babar Azam‘s wicket, with the score reading at 32/2 in the fifth over.
Together with 39-year-old Hafeez, Ali added 100 runs for the third wicket. The 19-year-old looked at ease on debut, registering an eye-pleasing knock of 54, in just 33 deliveries. He smashed five boundaries and a couple of maximums at a strike rate of 163.3.
The Hafeez and Ali alliance held a difference of 20 years between them and went on to prove that age is just a number in cricket. In the end, Pakistan won the final game of the T20I series by a margin of five runs.
Even former Australian cricketer, Tom Moody heaped praises for the latest batting sensation in Pakistan cricket.
On Haider Ali’s debut, Fifty complimented cricketers from all over the world. Michael Vaughan tweeted on social media praising the young batsman. Women cricketers also became fans of Haider Ali. Young Haider Ali made his international debut in the third T20 against England and set a record by scoring a half-century. He has become the first Pakistani to do so.
Haider Ali …. Looks like Pakistan have a serious player ….. #ENGvPAK
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 1, 2020