Ali Raza (Getty Images Credit- Matthew Lewis)
The second semi-final of the Under 19 World Cup 2024 was very exciting. The encounter was between the teams of Australia and Pakistan. Pakistan came to bat first in the match. Before being all out, Pakistan team could score only 179 runs on the board. Victory seemed quite easy for Australia. But Pakistan’s bowlers were standing in the middle. However, despite giving their all, Pakistani bowlers could not stop Australia from winning. The match went till the last over. Australia also lost 9 wickets. But in the end the Kangaroos won by one wicket. Although the Pakistani team lost, one of their bowlers came into limelight after this match. Name is Ali Raza.
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Ali took a total of 4 wickets in the semi-final match. If it took 49.1 overs for the Australian team to chase the target of 180 runs, then the biggest reason for this was Ali Raza. Ali was more dangerous than any bowler who played in the Under 19 World Cup this year. Neither was his height very tall, nor was his body very strong. But the speed was around 140. And when it was revealed that Ali was only 15, everyone was surprised. After this, Ali’s name is also discussed in the media. Some people are considering him as the next Waqar Yunus while others are comparing him with Shoaib Akhtar. I am also very interested in the name of this player. Same question in mind. Brother, how can a bowler be so fast at such a young age? I got so interested that I reached the YouTube channel of Pakistan Cricket Board i.e. PCB. There was an interview of Ali of about four and a quarter minutes. It was revealed that Ali was a resident of Sheikhpura city of Pakistan. Further in the interview was the story of Ali’s struggle. Also played tape ball cricket. Even the family members were not very happy with cricket. While talking further, Ali told that he passed ninth class. After which Corona came and he worked hard alone for 2-3 years. Here I stopped and watched this few seconds clip again and again. Know the reason further.
Corona virus first appeared in the whole world in 2020. And Ali told that he had already passed ninth class before this. Let us assume that Ali passed 9th class in 2019 or 2020. According to this, Ali’s age is around 10-11 years. Because at present the noise is only about the fact that Ali is currently 15 years old. But the real question that comes to mind is that at the age of 10, Ali is passing 9th class, so either Ali is great, or PCB or the education system of Pakistan. Because usually most of the children studying in 9th class are either 15 or 16 years old.
But then again it’s the same thing. That is Pakistan and such wonders are seen every day. A miracle was seen in the year 1996. A left handed batsman came to bat on the grounds of Nairobi. He surprised everyone by scoring a century in 37 balls. According to the graphics written on the TV, his age at that time was 21 years.
There are 28 years from 1996 till now i.e. till 2024. If we add 21 and 28, we will get 49 years. That means that player should be 49 years old today. But when you search on Google what is the current age of Shahid Afridi, the answer you will get is 46 years. Did these three years disappear just like Krrish 2 disappeared between Krrish and Krrish 3? But here Ali is being talked about because he is playing Under 19 cricket. And those who cheat on age have already been trapped here. India’s Manjot Kalra, who himself scored a century in the 2018 final, was banned by the BCCI for cheating on his age.