Currently, Kashmiri-born Moin Ali has emerged as the savior of the England cricket team in the mix of new and old players. Recently, Moeen Ali’s teammate Ben Stokes’ form has not been going well, especially in T20 cricket. No runs with the bat and did nothing out of the ordinary with the ball. Moeen Ali comes here as the savior of Ben Stokes, ‘Ben will run.’
The influential English newspaper The Guardian quoted Moeen Ali as a headline with the same phrase. When Moeen Ali announced that Ben Stokes had the whole team on his side, it was as if Moeen Ali was the team’s mentor, holding the old and the new together. There have been many changes to the England Test squad over the past year, with Eoin Morgan retiring from T20 and ODIs. Jason Roy isn’t getting runs with the bat like he used to.
There is only Moeen Ali as before. Who recently won a 7-game T20 series in Pakistan with an English T20 side as captain. After winning against the host team in Pakistan, he said: “We are dangerous. The England team can literally pose a threat to the opposition. He has already distinguished himself in two matches.
For example, against Pakistan in Lahore, England ran for 170 runs in 14 overs with three balls. Again, in the opener of the three-game series against Australia, Jos Buttler, and Alex Hales made a partnership of 132 runs in 11 overs. Moeen Ali is an important member of this party, a leader, and an experienced activist. Who is ‘proud’ to be England’s caretaker captain?
In July this year, Moeen Ali had a 52-run 18-ball run against South Africa. Formed a partnership of 106 runs on 35 balls with Jonny Bairstow – a record in T20 International cricket. England has played 13 T20 games from July to the start of the World Cup. Moeen Ali is the best batsman in England during this period. He scored 279 points in 13 games at a strike rate of 171. David Malan scored more points than him but was far behind in average and strike rate.
No one has hit more sixes for England in that span than Moeen Ali. Moeen Ali scored three 50s in those 13 matches, except for 27 in 44 innings against Australia. Prior to the Pakistani series, Moeen Ali also led a T20I series in the West Indies earlier in the year. In Game 4 of the series at Bridgetown, he almost single-handedly won the game with 63 runs from 28 balls and 2 wickets.
Moeen Ali was unstoppable when fast runs were needed in the final runs of the heats, taking 28 points in one day at Bridgetown. Analysis has revealed why Moeen Ali is such an influential T20 cricketer. Looking at the stats of 29 T20 games in the 2019-20 season, he saw that Moeen Ali is also on the list of influential and ever-good cricketers along with Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Glenn Maxwell.
After retiring from Test cricket in 2021 at the age of 34, he played an innings of 77 from 23 balls while playing Abu Dhabi T-Ten. He then said: “I feel liberated after leaving Test cricket”. Moeen Ali thinks that nowadays all cricketers have to play selectively. He considers it a burden to continue cricket in three formats in particular.
After Ben Stokes retired from ODI cricket, Moeen Ali said: “ODI cricket will soon lose importance for cricketers”. In a column by ESPNcricinfo writer George Dobell, he praised Moeen Ali’s selfless attitude. He played various roles depending on the needs of the team. In June this year, Moeen Ali was awarded the “Order of the British Empire” – OBE on Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday.
He received this title due to his contribution to white-ball cricket in England. In an interview with Britain’s The Guardian daily, Moeen Ali said at the time that his recognition was a big win for Britain’s Asian community, “which is still struggling to break into the mainstream of England”. Moeen Ali’s grandfather emigrated from Kashmir to England shortly after World War II, where his mother was born.
Moin Ali thinks it’s a recognition of my background. I now understand the value of my ascension, my past, and where I came from. Although born in England, Pakistani-born Moin Ali married Feroza Hossain, a girl from Sylhet, Bangladesh. And Moin Ali went to his in-laws for the first time when he came to play for Comilla Victorians in the BPL. The versatile 34-year-old expressed his enthusiasm for his wife’s birthplace. Excited Moin said after going to Sylhet – I consider England, Pakistan, and Bangladesh my home.