After trying various options, Pakistan went to the services of hard-hitting batsman Asif Ali who showed great promise in the highly celebrated Pakistan Super League (PSL). Even in the domestic cricket, his numbers started showing improvement for which he was installed in the national team.
However, the 28-year old hasn’t been able to make a good case for cementing his place as he failed to achieve his primary purpose – finishing games. In the last 12 T20I matches, the explosive cricketer amassed only 157 runs while maintaining a shoddy average of 14.2. Moreover, his strike-rate revolves around 110 which doesn’t really justify the potential he carries.
To add insult to the injury, Asif’s strike-rate is 113.7 when he has scored in excess of 20 in the aforementioned innings. All this reflects towards his inability to grab his chance with both hands. With Pakistan’s domestic circuit suffering with a dearth of power hitters, the issue comes across as a major threat to the boys in green as they aspire to revolutionize their white-ball cricket.