Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that the the best bowler he ever faced was Pakistan’s discarded pacer Muhammad Asif.
“The best bowler I faced was Mohammad Asif, the bowler from Pakistan who got done for [spot]-fixing,” Pietersen told the Howie Games podcast.
“Probably not a bad thing because he tormented a lot of batters,” said Pietersen.
The master batsman claimed that Asif’s ability to make a batsman feel like the ball was accelerating off the wicket in different directions was enough to scare the batters.
“If I was in good form, he made sure I wasn’t in good form a couple of weeks later after playing him. If I wasn’t in good form, I knew I wasn’t in good form after playing him for a couple of weeks during a series.” added Pietersen.
It is pertinent to note here that Asif has not played international cricket since being found guilty and subsequently banned for spot-fixing during a tour of England in 2010.
Here is a video reminder of how KP used to fear the Pakistani pacer