Hamid Hassan is Back in the 2019 Cricket World Cup

The famous headband has been on ever since he made his arrival in the United Kingdom for the start of the World Cup tour for Afghanistan. However, he only started smearing his cheeks at a later stage. After almost three years of being absent from the international cricket world, Hamid Hassan finally made his way back into the sport he loves during May 2019.

Hamid Hassan at the 2019 World Cup in England

He managed to do his warm-up bowling routine while wearing a wool beanie in an extremely cold Edinburgh over the weekend. A couple of days later he managed to suit up and participate in his first One Day International since July 2016 where he bowled off a considerably shortened run-up that what we are all used to from his golden days when he was regarded as the most feared bowler in the world. This was also a time when he was robbed by financial reward and glory due to a catastrophic accident that took everything away from him.

Even when he participated in the warm-up victory against Pakistan, he seemed nothing like the Hassan we all know and love. And when he managed to take a wicket, Hamid Hassan’s usual celebration was restricted entirely. However, the Stallone-inspired cheek streaks of green, red, and black across his face during a match against England provided a slight hint of the old Hamid Hassan. This indicated that he has one last rodeo up his sleeve before he retires from one-day cricket.

Hamid Hassan will inform everyone until his face turns blue that he will never retire officially. However, why was he selected after all this time? Hamid stated that he has done quite a bit for his country in the past and that he is someone that will never give up. When he is on the ground, he does everything he can for his country and team.

Hamid Hassan’s Career

Apart from Rashid Khan, there’s no one else that has managed to take wickets at a faster rate than Hamid Hassan. Since the start of the country’s ascent from the World Cricket League Division Five during 2008, Hamid Hassan was the country’s most consistent bowler in white-ball cricket. He was primarily a dominant force during 50-over matches where he claimed 58 wickets in only 29 games for the beginning of the 2008 Division Five right through to the maiden ODI less than a year later to cap the World Cup Qualifier in 2009 that took place in South Africa.

He managed to terrorise countries like Tanzania, the Cayman Islands, and Japan along the way from Division 5 to Division 1, swinging the ball both ways between 145 and 150 kph. Most of the players he played against would have been thrilled if they could deliver the ball at 130kph consistently. Hamid Hassan has one more opportunity to rock the world during the 2019 Cricket World Cup, so make sure to watch his performance before he disappears forever.

South Africa to Face India in Southampton

Faf du Plessis strongly believes that the South African cricket team can reach the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, even though Dale Steyn, considered the talisman paceman of the group, was ruled out of the cricket tournament.
South Africa confirmed on Tuesday that Dale Steyn, the veteran seam bowler, has suffered a brand-new shoulder injury since he arrived in the United Kingdom which forced the Proteas to replace him with none other than Beuran Hendricks.

South Africa vs India

South Africa is set to clash with India on Wednesday in Southampton with Lungi Ngidi and Dale Steyn missing from the match, while Anrich Nortje was also ruled out of the tournament. The South African cricket team have already lost against both Bangladesh and England since arriving in the United Kingdom and have never lost three opening games in a row. However, this time around they are facing a huge mountain to ensure they can reach the final four if India defeats them on Wednesday. Thankfully, Faf Du Plessis, as the South African cricket captain, remains confident that they can make it through to the semi-finals.

Du Plessis explained that the match between South Africa and India is not an exact make or break situation, stating that the target is six victories and the Proteas still have seven games in hand. The captain also said that it would be fantastic if the achievements can start rolling in against India as there are no easy games in the Cricket World Cup this time around.

South Africa’s Situation

South Africa need to upgrade their skills to achieve success in the World Cup against India, even though India is currently ranked as the second-best team in the world. South Africa has struggled to deliver on the skills that will allow them to be in a good position going forward. South Africa hopes that it will improve with every game they play in the World Cup, especially against a team like India. Dr Mohammed Moosajee, the medical chief for South Africa, confirmed that the injury suffered by Dale Steyn is a new shoulder injury and that he will not be able to play against India this week. Hendricks will only arrive on matchday against India which means he also won’t be able to participate in the match.

The entire South African cricket team are hoping that the injury suffered by Steyn is not the end of his career. His teammates are staying strong for him and hope that the two years of pain and suffering comes to an end and will allow him to play again shortly. The fact that Dale Steyn is not in the team means that the captain is required to draw up a brand-new strategy plan to face the remaining cricket teams in the World Cup. This is not an easy task, but he believes it’s possible to make the necessary changes before it’s too late.