From the moment Asif Ali dropped Aaron Finch on 33 during the ICC ODI World Cup 2019 to the moment, he was named in the Pakistan squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, there has been severe criticism, the middle-order batter has gone through.
People said Asif can only perform in league cricket, probably when he is wearing red jerseys as he turned the critics off during Islamabad United’s journey in the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2021) and the National T20 Cup 2021. However, they might not have an idea regarding the potent he was developing to execute in the big event.
Pak vs NZ: Asif Ali justifies his selection, wins the big match for Pakistan
The batter, although, did not get any chance to bat in the team’s first warm-up game against the West Indies but the blowing 32 off 18 balls gave lookouts the hint that Asif certainly is on a big mission this time.
As the Super 12 round kick-started on 23rd October, Pakistan began their T20 World Cup campaign on 24th October against India. He did not get any chance then too as Babar-Rizwan’s terrific partnership, unbroken, of 150 runs led the green shirts’ to the massive and dignified victory.
Moving on to the second match, facing full of thrills New Zealand, who are the new arch-rivals of Pakistan following their tour cancellation in recent times, Asif made sure to answer the critics with his bat.
He knocked 27 off just 12 balls totally demolishing New Zealand’s experienced bowlers and won it big for Pakistan. The sixes he went for let the crowd chant even louder, “Dil Dil Pakistan”.
Now, the men in green are set to encounter Afghanistan on 29th October at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium whereas, New Zealand will meet India on 31st October at the same venue.
Asif Ali: Pakistan’s game finisher for Pak vs NZ
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