Sunday, 24 October 2021

Kevin Pietersen admitted that Asif was the best bowler he faced

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LONDON: Mohammad Asif was one of a kind bowler, there was never even a shred of doubt on his bowling potentials. If not for his ill-deeds Mohammad Asif would have most probably inscribed his name in the history books, a name which would have embarked a cricket fanatic’s journey to an era where the ‘ball would do the talking’.

In his unfulfilled 23-match Test career, the lanky speedster scalped 106 wickets. There was a time when he was world’s 2nd ranked Test bowler, only behind legendary Dale Steyn. His run up was smooth and his high-arm action just perfect to make him the master of red cherry.

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen is one of the many world class batsmen, who still talk highly of the Sheikhupura-born bowler. Kevin Pietersen on Monday, shared a clip from the 2006 Test match between England and Pakistan in Kennington Oval.

Batting first England were reeling on 54 for 2 when Kevin Pietersen walked in to bat. Pietersen took his guard and got ready to face the ball but that was it for him as he had ‘no idea’ what happened next.

In what would be called an absolute jaffer of delivery, Kevin Pietersen was forced to commit to the ball but the late swing was enough to undo him as the ball took an edge and landed safely in the hands of wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. Pietersen departed for a golden duck and someone from the commentary panel ended up saying, “This guy can really ball, in Mohammad Asif Pakistan has something really special.”

Pietersen has admitted that Asif was the best bowler he faced and that he had no idea against him. Kevin Pietersen said Asif was so lethal that his ban would have come as relief for many batsmen.

“I think there’s plenty batters around the world that were happy he got banned,” the 39-year-old stated.

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