Mohammad Asif who was banned for five years during the spot-fixing scandal, has resumed playing first-class cricket in Pakistan, and is said to be in contention for a recall after Mohammed Amir was also recalled to the team.
In a recent interview, Asif has named former Indian batting legendss Rahul Dravidand VVS Laxman as the batsmen he bowled to in his Test career.
“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,” Asif said.
Asif also said that current Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli is technically very strong and will be a hard batsman to bowl to for any bowler. He said, “Virat is also technically very strong and that always makes it a difficult job for the bowler,”
Asif disclosed that it was the series against India in 2006, when he learnt the art of bowling deliveries that came in and went out at will.
“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.”
Asif also said it was a massive challenge to bowl to Virender Sehwag, as you couldn't give him any room otherwise he would smack 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.”