The best bowler I faced was Mohammad Asif, says Kevin Pietersen
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