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Pakistan swing specialist Mohammad Asif said he wasn’t a bowler “who feasted on taking the cheap wickets of tailenders to boost my statistics”.
Asif noted that many of his wickets were that of top order batsmen, which is something he is extremely proud of.
Asif is renowned for being one of Pakistan’s best swing bowlers, but his international career was cut short when he was banned for five years for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.
Many legendary players, such as England’s Kevin Pietersen and South Africa’s Hashim Amla, have admitted that Asif was the toughest bowler they faced.
Asif took 106 wickets in 23 Tests at an average of 24.36, 46 wickets in 38 ODIs at an average of 33.13 and 13 wickets in 11 T20 Internationals at an average of 26.38.
“It’s a matter of great pride for me that many of my wickets were top order batsmen. I wasn’t a bowler who feasted on taking the cheap wickets of tailenders to boost my statistics,” the 38-year-old told Wisden as quoted by PakPassion.
“In fact, my new-ball spells would quite often set us up as a team and allow the other bowlers to clean up the middle and lower order.”