Pakistan cricket has always had the reputation of producing world-class seamers. But they’ve always found difficulty in producing world-class batsmen like their neighbours and arch cricket rivals India. Their search for a Virat Kohli like batsman ended with their present limited-overs captain Babar Azam. Now with the rise of young U-19 talent Haider Ali, they seem to have found their answer for a batsman that possesses the natural flow and charisma of Rohit Sharma. In a very short span of time, he has earned a name for himself as the future of Pakistan batting and has even secured his national central contract. He astonished everyone in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League as well.
Full Name: Malik Haider Ali Khan
Nick Name: NA
Place of Birth: Attock, Punjab, Pakistan
Haider Ali Age: 19
Date of Birth: 2 Oct 2000
Batting Style: Right-hand bat
Haider Ali Height: 6ft
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Favourite Shot: Pull, Cut
Haider Ali favourite batsman: Rohit Sharma
Pakistan Under-19s, Northern Areas, Pakistan Under-23s
Haider Ali PSL team: Peshawar Zalmi
He rose to fame when he made his domestic Twenty20 debut for Rawalpindi in the 2018–19 National T20 Cup on 10 December 2018. In September 2019 he got selected for the Northern squad for the 2019–20 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament. He made his first-class debut for Northern in the 2019–20 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy on 14 September 2019.
Popular Pakistan Super League franchise Peshawar Zalmi drafted him in December 2019 ahead of the 2020 season as their Supplementary category Player. On 10 March 2020, he became the youngest cricketer to score a fifty in the PSL. That innings caught everyone’s attention. His ability to score at an astonishing strike rate made him an instant mainstay of the Zalmi squad.
In November 2019, he was named in Pakistan’s squad for the 2019 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup in Bangladesh. His List-A career for Pakistan kick-started against Afghanistan, in the Emerging Teams Cup on 14 November 2019. In December 2019, he was named as the vice-captain of Pakistan’s squad for the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
Ahead of the 2020-21 season, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) awarded him with a central contract, in a newly created Emerging Players’ category. In June 2020, he was named in a 29-man squad for Pakistan’s tour to England. It was supposed to mark his much-awaited entry into the International arena. But a positive test result of COVID-19 put his International debut in doubt.
He was supposed to tour England during July 2020. But a positive test result for COVID-19 has put his participation in doubt. He was one among the three players from Pakistan’s squad who initially tested positive for COVID-19. Later seven more players were tested positive for the same. Although he had shown no previous symptoms of the virus, he was advised to go into a period of self-isolation as a precautionary measure.
Young Haider Ali on various occasions has revealed that India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma is his role model and that is purely due to the way he handles the best bowling attacks in the world with ease. Haider admires Hitman’s shot selection a lot and has revealed that he used to watch Rohit Sharma’s batting videos for reference.
Rohit Sharma was someone who made a successful transition from middle-order batsman to a top-order batsman. Haider who follows his footsteps has also made it clear that he has no issues playing at any batting position based upon the side’s needs. At the same time, he cleared that his preference would be always to play as an opener. He had been opening right from his Club cricket to Under-19 days. He loves to play an aggressive form of cricket and regard the pull, cut and drive as his staple shots much like Rohit Sharma.
Haider Ali Girlfriend: NA