"Now I have achieved one goal, to be the best bowler in ODIs, and my next aim is to be the best in the World Cup 2019." - Hasan Ali. © Getty Images

“Now I have achieved one goal, to be the best bowler in ODIs, and my next aim is to be the best in the World Cup 2019.” – Hasan Ali. © Getty Images

Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali, Pakistan’s pace spearheads, credited hard work for the team’s rise to the top spot in the Twenty20 International team rankings, and said Pakistan deserved the No.1 rank.

Both Amir and Hasan have been instrumental in Pakistan’s rise in limited-overs cricket. Hasan is the No.1 ranked bowler in the world in One-Day Internationals, and leads the wicket-takers’ pack for the current year with 45 scalps in 18 ODIs.

Amir hasn’t taken as many wickets as Hasan, but he has been a force too. Amir finished with a career best 4 for 13 in Pakistan’s last T20I against Sri Lanka in Lahore – his first international match at home.

Both Amir and Hasan were chief guests at Varsity functions in Lahore and Gujranwala respectively on Friday (November 3).

“I am delighted that our team is the world No.1 in T20Is as this is the most popular brand of cricket,” said Amir while talking to the media. “I think all the players, coaches and team management deserve full credit.”

Amir also welcomed the new generation of Pakistan’s pacers, but said he didn’t look at them as competition. “No, I have no competition with anyone like Rumman Raees, Usman Shinwari or Hasan. It is a good sign that more and more bowlers are coming and that helps you to be at your best. My competition is with myself.”

Hasan said Pakistan owed their rise to team effort.

“When you play and win all factors count, from players putting up the hard work to the guidance of the coaches and other staff, so we are No.1 because of team effort,” said Hasan, adding that his goal was to become the world’s best bowler in all major events. “Now I have achieved one goal, to be the best bowler in ODIs, and my next aim is to be the best in the World Cup 2019.”