Sit down kiddies, because it’s time for a story that’ll send you all to sleep.
One fine Sunday evening, the Adelaide Strikers were chasing a reasonable Sydney Thunder total of 173 at the Showground, and the visitors raced out to a fine total of 0-24 after 2 overs, as Matt Short took some kind of a dislike to Saqib Mahmood’s bowling.
Unfortunately for this blue band of Croweaters, when the 3rd over rolled around, little did they know they were about to get a dose of the latest ace Pakistani paceman to grace our glorified grade cricket Twenty20 league, following in the footsteps of Yasir Arafat, Usman Shinwari and Haris ‘Wreck It’ Rauf…
Ball 1: Jake Weatherald works a leg bye down to fine leg, which by rule doesn’t go down as a run against Hasnain.
Ball 2: Short flicks Hasnain down the leg side, straight down the throat of Daniel Sams on the deep square leg boundary, sending Short on his way for 13 off 6 balls
Ball 3: Weatherald crosses and takes strike – Hasnain bowls a rocket and smashes Weatherald on his back pad to get him plumb LBW for 10 off 9, landing himself on a hat-trick just 3 balls into his Big Bash career.
Ball 4: The hat-trick ball to Jono Wells ends up being a dot after Wells gets down to defend the half-volley right on the stumps.
Ball 5: Wells mis-times Hasnain straight to short mid wicket, where Ben Cutting takes a good sharp catch to dismiss Wells for a two-ball duck, as Hasnain claimed the Mickey Mouse hat-trick of 3 wickets in 4 balls, becoming the first player in history to take 3 wickets in his first over in the Big Bash League.
Ball 6: Another half-volley sees Henry Hunt play and miss an edge through to Sam Billings by a bee’s diaphragm, also narrowly avoiding the stumps in the same moment, giving Hasnain a 3-wicket maiden to start his Big Bash career.
To paraphrase an Australian TV commercial, ah Hasnain, you’ve done it again!