Hashim Amla-Mohammed Asif
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Former South African cricketer Hashim Amla has revealed the most difficult bowler he faced in his Test career. He said that Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif troubled him the most throughout his Test career and that he was a magician with the ball.

Hashim Amla made the revelation ahead of the fourth day’s play in Johannesburg. The day’s play started late due to rain and wet outfield and it was during the chat show that he revealed the same to Mark Nicholas who was hosting the show for Supersport. Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar was all ears as Amla described the difficulties he had while facing Asif.

“Mohammad Asif caused me the most trouble,” when Mark Nicholas asked Amla about which bowler challenged him the most to test his technique.

Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla (Image Credits: Twitter)

“He was a magician with the ball. He was a beautiful bowler to watch, but not so good to face. The former batter said that he failed to pick if Asif was bowling an in-swinger or an out-swinger. He was the toughest to face. I’d set myself up for an in-swinger and he’d beat me on the outside edge. I’d prepare for an out-swinger, and he would beat my inside edge and clip the bails, bowling me out,” he further added.

One of Pakistan’s most outstanding bowlers, Asif played 23 Tests, 38 ODIs and 11 T20Is before he was banned from international cricket due to a match-fixing scandal. He ended his international career with 165 wickets only.

He Was A Magician With The Ball: Hashim Amla On Mohammad Asif

Mohammed Asif
Mohammed Asif [Image-Getty]
Hashim Amla, on the other end, was one of South Africa’s most dependable batsmen across formats. He played 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20Is scoring 9282, 8113 and 1277 runs respectively in the three different formats. He announced his international retirement in August 2019 from all formats.

Meanwhile, the Test series between South Africa and India is well poised at 1-1 with the final Test starting in Cape Town from January 11. India are yet to win a Test series on South African soil and have their chance to create history.

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