AUS vs PAK: The 18-year-old Pakistan player Ayesha Naseem made headlines with her skill of hitting effortless sixes. She stole the limelight recently with her batting and netizens have recently gone gaga on the brilliant and majestic six of the young Pakistan cricket sensation, Ayesha Naseem as she smashed Tahlia McGrath for a maximum that too very easily standing at the stance and swaying off her bat to chip and parcel the ball over the fence into the stands.
Sulemann Raza, a Pakistani entrepreneur took to Twitter to quote, “Ayesha is a serious talent.” While some showed their concern about why Ayesha is “not playing U19 World Cup”, one of the tweeters compared her to the “female version of Asif Ali” and another commented, “Her stance and hitting is pretty similar to Asif Ali.”
As far as the game is concerned, Australia opened the year with a 3-0 whitewash in the ODIs against Pakistan at home. Following their rout in that series, Pakistan appears certain to lose by the same margin in the T20Is after Megan Schutt (5-15) dismissed them for 118 in the first of three matches. Australia reached the scoreboard in just 14 overs.
In the middle of Pakistan’s setbacks, there remained a glimmer of hope for the next T20 World Cup. In the eleventh over, Pakistan was 57-5 when Ayesha Naseem left for the crease to join Omaima Sohail. She completed Alana King’s over by playing the final two balls.
She waited for two more balls after Sohail offered her the opportunity to bat in the following over before lofting Tahlia McGrath over long-on for a magnificent six that has turned the social media to her. The shot was notable for the power she produced without stepping outside of her crease.
Although Ayesha continued after that with rare calibre for a batter coming at 7, the way she opened her account for the day and got off the mark is something really commendable which is encountered very seldom. Ayesha fought back hard when Darcie Brown fired a bouncer at her. As the ball sailed over the mid-wicket fence, the bat made an impressive boom. Grace Harris was visibly emotional as she held a microphone in her hand.
She then smoothly swung the next ball beyond mid-off through the line for four. Ayesha Naseem fiercely slog-swept after getting the strike against King for her third six of the innings. She attempted an encore and was bowled two balls later for a 20-ball 24.
Only Iram Javed (4) has hit more sixes in a women’s T20I in Pakistan cricket history, though Nida Dar and Aliya Riaz have also each hit three. Nobody batted as poorly as them. Ayesha also made history by hitting three sixes against the Women of Australia from No. 7 or lower.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to the maximum of Ayesha Naseem:
Serious talent. Hopefully we get to see more of Ayesha Naseem this series and at the T20 World Cup. https://t.co/dWXJM1OnOt— Rachael Haynes (@RachaelHaynes) January 24, 2023
Ayesha Naseem. Remember the name! pic.twitter.com/79E6FogqjZ— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) January 24, 2023
I’m in fanboy mode right now— Wajahat S. Khan (@WajSKhan) January 24, 2023
Ayesha Naseem is something else
How on earth is Ayesha Naseem not a regular fixture in this Pakistan team #AUSvPAK— Isa Guha (@isaguha) January 24, 2023
Ayesha Naseem 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/KvQI0joaym— Noorena Shams (@noorenashams) January 24, 2023
🇵🇰 Check out this flat, ferocious pull for six by Ayesha Naseem!— Jay Dansinghani 🏏 — #U19T20WorldCup (@JayDansinghani) January 25, 2023
How long before she gets a regular ODI slot and starts batting higher up in T20Is? 🤷🏽♂️
Ayesha Naseem is some talent Ma Shaa Allah 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/DNupxp67Fg— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) January 24, 2023
Ayesha Naseem is 🔥🔥🔥 with the bat pic.twitter.com/xbvU19wsaj— Nabeel Hashmi (@iNabeelHashmi) January 24, 2023
Stand and deliver stuff from Ayesha Naseem. This girl got some serious power hitter skills. pic.twitter.com/SlEQCG6y8P— Ahmer Najeeb Satti (@AhmerNajeeb) January 25, 2023