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Former Pakistan opener Imran Nazir said power-hitter Asif Ali can “become an even better batsman”.
In order to take his game to the next level, Nazir noted that Asif needs to improve his abilities when it comes to taking singles.
“If he can improve his ability to take singles, if the situation demands, I think he will become an even better batsman,” Nazir told Cricket Pakistan.
Asif has been outstanding as Pakistan’s finisher in the T20 World Cup.
He didn’t bat in Pakistan’s 10-wicket win over India, which saw the men in green secure their first-ever World Cup victory over their rivals.
In the game against New Zealand, which Pakistan won by five wickets, he smashed 27 off 12 balls, which included a boundary and three sixes.
Asif then blasted an unbeaten 25 off seven balls, which included four sixes, against Afghanistan.
All the sixes he hit came in the 19th over off the bowling of Karim Janat, where he finished off the game and led the team to an impressive five-wicket win.
Asif didn’t bat in his side’s 45-run win over Namibia, but in the team’s 72-run win over Scotland, he scored five runs.
Pakistan will now face Australia in the semi-finals on Thursday.
Pakistan T20 World Cup Squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vc), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik
Pakistan T20 World Cup Reserves: Khushdil Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir