The Pakistani women’s team has been widely chastised for their dismal showing at the recent Women’s World Cup 2022, with many claiming that the team has lost its spark. Team Pakistan’s uninteresting uniform, on the other hand, becomes pumped with enthusiasm as the new stars shine brightly.
Pakistan achieved a 3-0 whitewash in the T20I series against Sri Lanka, with young leg-spinner Tuba Hassan and power-hitter Ayesha Naseem in the spotlight.
Tuba Hassan, a young bowling sensation, has made a big splash on the world scene. The 21-year-old leg-spinner made her debut in the home series against Sri Lanka, claiming her first international wicket on only her second ball when Anushka Sanjeewani cut it away, into the hands of Iram Javed.
Tuba went on to clean up the middle order, outfoxing Sri Lankan bats. Tuba took three wickets for only eight runs in four overs, becoming the first Pakistani to achieve this feat on debut. With a superb economy of 2.00, she was the most influential bowler of the match. Pakistan handily won the match, capping off a fairytale debut for Tuba Hassan.
Tuba was just as effective in the second match of the series as she had been in the first. She claimed the crucial wicket of Sri Lankan opener Hasini Perera and bowled four overs for only 13 runs at a pace of 3.25, making her the most economical bowler once again.
Tuba experimented with her variations in the third match, fiddling with flight and spin. Tuba made a good recovery in the third over, caught Nilakshi de Silva in front of the stumps in her futile attempt to sweep the ball after being struck for 14 runs in two overs.
Tuba Hassan was selected player of the series after Pakistan thrashed Sri Lanka in Karachi with five wickets in three matches and some economical overs.
Tuba Hassan has emerged as a bright spot for Pakistan, which had previously seen to be lacking in youthful vitality. She has sparked much-needed interest in Pakistan’s women’s team in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games.
Tuba Hassan’s cunning and line and length alterations appear promising. She also has a habit of deceiving the batter by using flight. As a result, she is the intriguing new talent in leg-spin bowling that Pakistan has been yearning for.
“I waited for 7-8 years to play and perform for my nation,” Tuba Hassan said in an interview. Pakistan, it’s reasonable to say, waited just as long, if not longer, for her to arrive and fill the hole.
Despite making her debut in 2020, Ayesha Naseem made her mark in the second T2oI against Sri Lanka. Ayesha changed attention and the game when she hit an incredible sixer off the back foot.
The 17-year-old created a formidable pair with Bismah Maroof, who sat back and watched as the young power-hitter wrecked Lankan bowling. In pursuit of a 102-run mark, their combination produced 70 runs off 58 balls, with Ayesha smashing 45 off 31.
Ayesha Naseem demonstrated her strength and aggression, proving that she is the game-changing power-hitter Pakistan has been yearning for.
Ayesha Naseem, who is only 17 years old, is destined to be a future star. Her physical power and diversity of shots have been praised, and she is regarded as a strong factor that Pakistan will undoubtedly invest in.
Ayesha can develop into the power-hitter Pakistan urgently needs right now if she is given more opportunity to play and hone her talents. She might also be the exciting component of Pakistan’s batting lineup that draws in crowds hungry to witness fire and flare, piqueing supporters’ interest in the team.
As a result, both Tuba Hassan and Ayesha Naseem are a breath of fresh air for Pakistan’s stale-looking side, and if properly employed, they will shine brightly in their respective sectors.