Pakistani batter Asif Ali will pose a major threat to India© AFP
The Asia Cup clash between India and Pakistan is going to be a high voltage affair and much will depend on which team seizes the big moments. One of those moments in the game is the death overs where batters from both teams want to maximize returns.
India will have to be careful with its bowling resources during the death-overs as their two specialists, Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, are both out of action due to injuries.
In such a scenario, Pakistan’s Asif Ali, who has made a name for himself by scoring vital runs in death-overs and taking the team home in tough chases, will pose a major threat to the ‘Men in Blue’.
The high-powered batter said in a video before the Asian Cup that in practice he tries to do his 100 to 150 sixes so that he can execute the shots under pressure during a match.
“In practice, I try to hit 100 to 150 sixes every day, so that I can hit at least 3 to 5 sixes during a match. In the phase where I hit the bat, runs have to be scored at a high pace, sometimes with a 12. until 14 there is an overflow and that too under a lot of pressure.
“To prepare for this, we simulate similar match situations and that helps us while we are in the middle of a real match,” Asif Ali said in an interview with Pakistan Cricket Board.
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