Watch: Babar Azam playfully threatens to hit Hasan Ali while batting during PSL 8

By Daniel S

February 24, 2023

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and pacer, Hasan Ali have been great friends in the last few years. Not to forget, when the latter was going through a bad patch with the ball, Azam was one of those who supported him despite the criticism. Meanwhile, in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL), both players have been playing in different teams.

Ali has been playing for Islamabad United while Azam joined a new team in the form of Peshawar Zalmi. Meanwhile, during the Zalmi vs United game on February 23, both players had a bit of fun. Apparently, while taking a run, the Zalim skipper, Azam playfully threatened to hit Hasan with the bat. This reminds the fans about the ‘Yuvraj Singh-Chris Gayle incident during the Indian T20 League 2015.

Chris Gayle having fun with Yuvraj Singh during Indian T20 League 2015
Chris Gayle having fun with Yuvraj Singh during Indian T20 League 2015 (Image Credit: Twitter)

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Talking about the game, the two-time winners, United won the toss and elected to field first. Hasan Ali‘s three wickets for 35 runs restricted the 2017 winners, Zalmi to 156/8. In reply, the national capital-based team side chased down the target in 14.5 overs after losing four wickets. Hasan was adjudged Player of the Match.

He said  “I didn’t play the first two games, but I keep dreaming. I was working ard in the nets. I got an opportunity and the first over didn’t go well. I would like to thank the staff. I would also like to thank one more person. She has always pushed me hard. My wife, I would like to thank her today. I always believed that this ball belonged to me. The ball was swinging a little and I knew I could get the better of this lineup.”

I think it was a 180-200 kind of a wicket: Babar Azam

“The way we started, it was really good. We were going as per plan, but after one wicket, we lost a few back-to-back. That broke down the momentum a little. We tried to regain that momentum, but it was too late. We never got a partnership. I think it was a 180-200 kind of a wicket, but we didn’t play well enough. Yes, the way we are starting off well, we are not being able to finish as strong. So I feel we need to look at that. Sometimes when you lose back-to-back wickets, it brings pressure and I always look to take it deep and play as long as I can,” Babar Azam said in the post-match