Pakistan’s struggles concerning their power-hitting department is known to all. In the Australia series, Umar Akmal was given a chance to prove his mettle but he failed to impress the selectors. This led to the inclusion of the explosive batsman Asif Ali, who on his first ODI outing in England, produced a scintillating batting effort consisting of 51 runs using just 36 balls.
The consequentiality of the knock which came under tremendous pressure moved to impress Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur who lionized the power-hitting of the Islamabad United player. The Johannesburg born admitted that Asif’s ability to clear the ropes is exactly what Pakistan needs in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 event. However, he urged the 27-year old to continue the good work in the remaining games of the series.
“Asif was very impressive today. It’s no secret the one thing we’ve lacked is a bit of power-hitting and he has the ability to do that for us. He did his chances no harm with the innings he played,” said by 50-year old.