Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard on Friday congratulated England's batting all-rounder Moeen Ali on his 100th ODI cap for the team. England is currently playing against Sri Lanka in the ongoing ICC Men's Cricket World Cup. In this match, Ali marked his 100th appearance for the team. Gerrard sent a video message to Ali before the match to send his regards.
Read what England Cricket tweeted:
Ali is known to be a huge Liverpool fan. So this message by Gerrard can be considered all the way more special.
Moeen Ali made his debut in 2014 against Sri Lanka and since then has transformed into one of the reliable players in the team. Ali is among the team’s core of senior players and as an all-rounder, his cricketing worth is obvious. He is known to have a sense of fun which he brings to a dressing room that is trying to stay relaxed while the pressure to deliver increases.
This certainly was on display when Moeen spoke at Headingley before the Sri Lanka match. Morgan’s astonishing 17 sixes (a world record) against Afghanistan was the buzz of the town but Ali, who hammered a nine-ball 31 at the end, could not resist a dig.
“I think mine was probably the biggest the other day,” he smiled, in reference to the first of his four sixes which soared 93 meters over long-off and brought up Rashid Khan’s gallon on the day, and thus went a meter further than Morgan’s best.
England has so far shown a good performance in the World Cup as they have defeated South Africa, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and West Indies. They faced a minor hiccup in the tournament as they suffered a loss against Pakistan, but the team bounced back well in their next matches. As a result, they are currently positioned at the third position in the tournament standings with 8 points.
Liverpool also had a tremendous season as they were able to lift the Champions League title. The Reds defeated Tottenham Hotspurs 2-0 in the final. Liverpool finished at the second position in the Premier League with 97 points. Manchester City won the Premier League title by just one point as they finished the season with 98 points.
(with inputs from ANI)