Pakistani medium pacer Hassan Ali came up with an emotional message for the Pakistanis in general and cricket lovers in particular, days after dropping a crucial catch in the second semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai on November 11.
Hassan posted on Twitter, “I know you all are upset because my performance didn’t meet your expectations from me but not more disappointed than me. Don’t change your expectations from me. I want to serve Pakistan cricket at the highest level possible, so back to hard work. This patch will make me stronger so Alhamdolillah. Thank you for all the messages, tweets, posts, calls, and Duas — needed them.”
میرا سینہ تیری حُرمت کا ہے سنگین حصار،
میرے محبوب وطن تُجھ پہ اگر جاں ہو نثار
میں یہ سمجھوں گا ٹھکانے لگا سرمایہِ تن،
اے میرے پیارے وطن 💚🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/4xiTS0hAvx
— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) November 13, 2021
Most Pakistanis were all praise for the Pakistan cricket team and Hassan Ali’s performance despite the catch drop and loss of the match to Australia, but there certainly were some people who raised questions about the medium fast bowler’s performance throughout the T20 World Cup and strongly criticised him for dropping the catch of Australian batsman Matthew Wade at a make-or-break point in the match.
— Maaz Khan (@Maaze_Khan) November 11, 2021
— Anwar Ali Khan (@realanwarali48) November 11, 2021
— Mustafa Abid (@mmustafa_abid) November 11, 2021
Hassan’s trolling by a small minority of Pakistanis provided the Indian media and social media users, already reeling from the Indian cricket team’s ouster from the T20 World Cup at a very early stage, an opportunity to exploit the situation.
The frustrated Indians came up with a fabricated story that Hassan Ali was being trolled because his wife was an Indian citizen. They also said that Hassan was a Shia Muslim and that his entire family was receiving threats from angry Pakistani cricket fans.
First of all, Hassan Ali is not Shia. Secondly, show me a single tweet where any Pakistani has targeted Hassan or his wife. We aren’t like you guys that targets women. You’ve targeted a 10 months old child. Hassan Ali is a champion, he fought for us like he did in 2017. pic.twitter.com/iCYA1lI2QT
— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) November 12, 2021
However, Hassan’s wife Samiya came forward and rubbished the rumours that she or her family was receiving any threats after the match between Pakistan and Australia. She also cleared the air about tweets from a fake Twitter account.
She said she or her family was never threatened and they received a lot of support instead. “I am not on Twitter. Please report the accounts claiming to be me,” she wrote in an Instagram story.