Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Mohammed Asif....Going on Mcgrath FootSteps.

Full name Mohammad Asif
Born December 20, 1982, Sheikhupura, Punjab
Current age 24 years 300 days
Major teams in which he played: Pakistan, Asia XI, Khan Research Labs, Lahore Division, Leicestershire, Sheikhupura Cricket Association, Sialkot Cricket Association

Playing role Bowler
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Profile :

Muhammed Asif is one of the finest bowler todays in Cricket.He prove himself that he is the best.he is taking part in player of the year both time in his first two year of cricket.
he have great control on ball and that's why some people call him the true Duplicate of Glenn Mcgrath,the one of the finest bowler in world cricket.
When he made his debut against Australia at Sydney in January 2005, little suggested that Pakistan's long tradition of happening upon blitzing fast bowlers would continue. Bob Woolmer, the Pakistan's former coach, kept faith, called Asif the most improved player in the country in late 2005. By taking ten wickets in a warm-up game against England, he proved Woolmer right. He made an impressive ODI debut one day after his 23rd birthday, dismissing Marcus Trescothick with his third ball and ending with 2 for 14 off seven incisive overs. Tall, lean and possessed of a little more muscle than on his debut, Asif generates pace a medium-pacer would aspire to and a tearaway would loosen up with, around mid to late 80mph. he has magical control on ball, a terrifically sharp bowling brain, stamina as well as the useful ability to seam the ball both ways on most pitches. His action has modified slightly since his debut, but is repetitive and claimed him seven plumb wickets at Karachi, as Pakistan sealed a famous home series win against India. Since then, he has blossomed magnificently. He was almost single-handedly responsible for Pakistan's Test series win in Sri Lanka, taking 17 wickets in two Tests. England seemed tailor-made for his particular gifts in the summer of 2006, but an elbow injury before the first Test ruled him out until the final Test, by which time Pakistan had lost the series. A promising career was apparently cut short when he tested positive for a banned steroid, but the ban was eventually overturned, allowing him to continue. But there remained a residue: he was dropped from the World Cup squad at the very last moment, ostensibly on grounds of an elbow injury. Much speculation at the time suggested it was because of fears that traces of the steroid remained in his body. However, he returned to the international scene after being appointed vice captain for Pakistan's tour to Abu Dhabi and was back to his annoyingly best right from the start. The doping taint apart, he remains undoubtedly the world's most promising young bowling talent.

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