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Hassan Ali aims to top Champions Trophy bowling chart

CARDIFF, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04:  England player Joe Root is dismissed by Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali during the 5th One Day International between England and Pakistan at Swalec Stadium on September 4, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: England player Joe Root is dismissed by Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali during the 5th One Day International between England and Pakistan at Swalec Stadium on September 4, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan’s young gun Hassan Ali aims to be the most successful bowler of the Champions Trophy. In an interview after Pakistan’s warm-up match against Australia, which was called off due to rain in Birmingham, Hassan said that he wants to be the highest wicket-taker in the tournament.

He said he was under no pressure and was looking forward to all the big matches. “I am under no pressure, not at all,” Hassan said when asked if he was feeling the heat of high-voltage encounter against India.

Hassan, who has represented Pakistan in 16 ODIs, said that he has played matches against big teams like Australia and England, which boosted his confidence. He said he was ready for the match against India.

Hassan said he considered Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan tough batsmen but every player was on his target. “I don’t have any one particular target. Every member of the team is the same for me. India is a good batting side and I will try to give my best against them,” said Hassan.

“India versus Pakistan games are always big encounters. If I am given a chance in the match I will give my 100 percent,” he said.

Hassan played a crucial role in Pakistan’s two-wicket win against Bangladesh in the first warm-up match of ICC Champions Trophy with Faheem Ashraf.

Many believe that the duo of Hassan and Faheem Ashraf can do what Azhar Mahmood and Abdul Razzaq did for the country.

Hassan said he would try to play like Azhar and Razzaq, but it was too early for him to be compared with them. “They were legends,” Hassan said.

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