Afghanistan pacer Hamid Hassan, who tore his hamstring during their ICC World Cup 2019 match against Pakistan, said he was disappointed to end his career in this fashion. On top of that, Afghanistan lost the game against Pakistan in the death overs after dominating the game for the most part.
Midway through his second over, Hamid’ Hassan’s hamstring gave away. He completed the over before realising he could no longer continue and walked off the field, for the last time in the Afghanistan ODI blue. Hamid’s injury hampered Afghanistan’s defence of 227 with captain Gulbadin Naib having to bowl the full quota of 10 overs. Pakistan’s Imad Wasim took 18 runs off Naib’s from the 46th over to take the game away.
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The Afghan pacer seemed devastated to finish his career with an injury. Hamid Hassan revealed that he felt something was broken inside the hamstring while bowling his second over. The 32-year old played five games in the World Cup picking two wickets.
“It wasn’t my wish to go like this, to be honest,” he said, having hobbled his way to the Open Media session at the end of the game. “I was very, very keen and very happy. I was playing my last ODI and was in very good mood. I played [bowled] a very good first over with pace. I was ready to go, but suddenly I don’t know what happened, second over my hamstring was totally like gone. I felt like something was broken inside [the] hamstring. I couldn’t walk,” he added.
Hamid Hassan, who watched his team unravel in the tense finish, admitted that he felt emotional and powerless during the final moments of the game as victory was snatched away from his side’s grasp. Hamid revealed that he will continue to play in the T20Is and will think after retiring from the shorter versions after two years. Hamid has played 38 ODIs for Afghanistan picking 59 wickets with the best figures of 5 for 45.
“I’m sorry to all my country, to the fans, to the people that I couldn’t continue bowling in the game. I have to say good bye to cricket in ODIs. But I will continue T20 cricket for one-two years. Maybe after two years, I’ll stop that also,” Hassan concluded.
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