Pakistan’s cricket team first bowler Mohammad Asif has express earlier Indian stars VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid as technically the best batsman before he was banned for spot-fixing for five years from the sport.
When he asked in an interview to PTI, he said “Dravid and Laxman were technically very good and could whip the ball from the off-stump to the onside flawlessly. It was a challenge bowling to them.”
He also commends current Indian Test captain Virat Kohli run technically very strong; he said: “Virat is also technically very strong and that always makes it a difficult job for the bowler.”
Asif disclosed that he achieve control in the Test both outgoing and incoming deliveries. He said “Before that I never knew when I bowled the ball that came in. But in that Test I gained control over it and mastered both the outgoing and incoming deliveries. I remember I bowled Virender Sehwag with an inswinger and it set my career rocking.”
The 34-year-old Pakistan’s bowler said that Sehwag was a dangerous batsman and also says if he gets chance to open his arms he will hit you. “The secret was to keep him tied up in his crease. Because he was a powerful stroke player once he got a chance to open his arms.”
Asif refused quarrels between former captain Salman Butt and he had persuaded young Mohammad Aamer into spot-fixing in 2010 in England. “That is totally wrong. It is double standards to me. If three people have committed a crime you say two are guilty one is innocent. How can that be possible? Mohammad Aamer had come from the grass root level to the top level and he knew everything about life. It is unfair to say we were responsible for him getting into the spot,” he said.
The first bowler of Pakistan’s said clear that he considered himself as the best new ball bowlers in the country, and he is going to national cricket academy next month to work on his fitness. “I will be going to the national cricket academy after the domestic season ends next month and I will be working on my fitness with the trainers and coaches there. So there will be no more problems with my fitness,” he said.
Asif was targeting Pakistan’s Test tour of West Indies to create a good position, and also he stated that all the bowler should work on his bowling and get improvement. “I always relished the challenge of bowling to the best and my motto was always to make the openers play every ball with the new ball and try to get wickets. That is the job of the new ball bowlers which our bowlers at present are not doing in Australia,” he said.