Last Update on: October 31st, 2021 at 11:03 pm
Asif Ali has revealed himself as one of the potent finishers in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021.
Not once but twice has the Faisalabad-born player rescued his team from challenging situations with the help of his brisk and clean hitting strikes.
If New Zealand’s Tim Southee was at the receiving end in Sharjah than it had to be the 23-year-old Karim Janat who was smashed for four sixes by Asif in the penultimate over, which turned out to be the last over of the game between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Hitting hard is a rare gift that Asif Ali has acquired: Matthew Hayden
Asif Ali has just player 19 balls in the tournament so far and have already dispatched seven of them into the stands and not to forget the staggering strike rate of 273.68.
Matthew Hayden, Australia’s batting consultant for the T20 World Cup, said that it is the mind of the player that allows him to play the big shots in the death overs.
“Yes, talent should be there, but ability to strike at the death is more of a mindset than talent. Only a few have such abilities. Hitting and hitting hard is a rare gift and Asif has acquired that,” Hayden told Times of India.
“Few players have raw power and it’s difficult to coach power… Asif has that,” he added.
Asif Ali has his time too: Matthew Hayden
In a very short time, Asif has been ranked with the likes of big finishers like former India captain MS Dhoni. But Hayden feels that Asif will have his own way of making his name and there won’t be any player like Dhoni.
“You should remember, there is only one Dhoni or one Kohli. Everyone writes his own future and if Asif has his time, he too, will write his own,” Hayden said.
Pakistan have won three matches in a row in Group 2 and are very close of sealing a berth in the semi-final stage.