They could hit me, but I knew I could get them out, Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Asif on two legendary batsmen from India and Australia

Mohammad Asif said Virender Sehwag and Adam Gilchrist could hit him but he knew he could get them out

Mohammad Asif: “I enjoyed the challenge that the likes of Virender Sehwag and Adam Gilchrist presented and whilst I knew that they had the ability to play incredible shots and could hit me around a bit, the fact was that I had that knowledge and self-belief that sooner or later I would get them out”

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Pakistan seamer Mohammad Asif said he knew he could get legendary India opener Virender Sehwag and iconic Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist out even though they “could hit me around a bit”.

Asif noted that his confidence in dismissing them stemmed from the fact that he had the knowledge and self-belief to do it.

He added that he had a lot of patience, which is something he feels is “lacking in many modern-day bowlers”.

“My philosophy as a bowler always was that if you don’t quickly work out a batsman, then he will work you out very soon, and that you always had to be one step ahead of the batsman and had to outsmart him,” the 38-year-old told Wisden as quoted by PakPassion.

“I always prepared ahead of a match and came into a match knowing the strengths and weaknesses of my opponents, and I didn’t like leaving anything to chance.

“I enjoyed the challenge that the likes of Virender Sehwag and Adam Gilchrist presented and whilst I knew that they had the ability to play incredible shots and could hit me around a bit, the fact was that I had that knowledge and self-belief that sooner or later I would get them out.

“Patience was important to me as a bowler and that is something that I feel is lacking in many modern-day bowlers. They want to bowl six magic deliveries an over, forgetting that you have to set-up a batsman and sometimes lull them into a false sense of security, and then strike when the batsman least expects it.”

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