Bayliss opined that Hasnain added shock value to Thunder’s attack and teams were extra cautious while facing them
Sydney Thunder head coach Trevor Bayliss has praised Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain for his impactful performances in season eleven of the Big Bash League (BBL).
The 21-year-old bagged seven wickets in five matches at a strike rate of 15.7 with an economy rate of only six. He also became the first bowler in BBL history to take three wickets in the first over of his debut.
His short stint ended after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recalled its players back to prepare for the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) season seven, which starts on January 27.
Bayliss said Hasnain’s triple-wicket maiden – and his sheer pace – made plenty of people take notice of him.
“He brought a bit of pace, even though he’s only a young guy he brought his international experience with him," Bayliss told to Thunder website.
“He has pace, a good yorker, and he showed that even in T20 cricket that extra bit of pace can be difficult to play.
“The reason a lot of the young internationals come out [to the BBL] is for the experience; to learn how to play in conditions that are different to what they’re used to.
Bayliss hopes that Hasnain will be part of the Pakistan squad when they travel Down Under.
“I’m sure Muhammad is hoping he tours Australia at some later date with Pakistan; obviously he’d come here with some experience of playing in Australian conditions," he added.
Bayliss opined that he added shock value to Thunder’s attack and teams were extra cautious while facing them.
“When local players haven’t seen guys like Muhammad it can be a bit of a surprise,” he said. “After that [debut] the other teams were a little bit more circumspect against him because they knew what to expect – but that’s all part of the learning process on both sides of the equation.”