Dubai: Asif Ali, who is becoming Pakistan’s finisher, has played 19 balls in the T20 World Cup so far, on which he has hit seven sixes. Against New Zealand, he scored an unbeaten 27 off 12 balls, and against Afghanistan he scored an unbeaten 25 off 7 balls. After this he said, “Aur Koi Hukum Pakistan? I thank Islamabad United and all those who supported me in bad times.”
– Asif Ali (@ AasifAli2018) October 29, 2021
It is not surprising that Asif first thanked his Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad for this. He was hitting sixes but was not able to convert them into big innings, especially at the international level.
Responds to critics
His supporters believed that Asif did not get enough opportunities, while his critics said that he should not have got this opportunity too. But in two consecutive matches, Asif proved his critics wrong. In the 19th over, he targeted a less experienced bowler Karim Janat on the short boundary of the leg side.
– ICA (@ICAssociation) October 29, 2021
Asif, waiting for a yorker from inside the crease, sent the first ball over Janat’s head, while the second back-of-length ball was passed over deep midwicket. He sent the overpitch balls lying in two slots above long off to give victory to the Pakistani team an over before.
Asif said in the post-match press conference, “I don’t pay attention to criticism. I don’t even follow social media, I am very far from it. My role is such that sometimes I come in the team and sometimes I leave it.” I play domestic cricket as well as league cricket around the world, so I was in touch. I am the only one in the team who is here only and only because of my performances.”
Asif further said, “I played the last series in South Africa and Zimbabwe. I used to bat at No. 6 in that series. People would say that I could only score 10 runs in three innings on that tour, but no this. Will tell if I only played three or four balls.”
Regarding the innings against Afghanistan, he said, “Today the boundary on one side in the leg-side was short. But they were bowling too far in the off-side. So I had to hit sixes in the larger part of the ground, while the plan was that Let me target short boundaries. Thankfully we won the match.”
Asif also thanked the Pakistani team management for his success, who prepared him for such match conditions by getting him to practice batting in the death overs with a target. “My last series didn’t go well. Then worked very hard, now see the result is in your hands. I have worked very hard for this finisher’s role.”
Asif especially thanked former Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq, who had earlier coached Faisalabad in domestic cricket as well. Asif said that he has worked hard on me and I will be grateful to him for life.(talk)