Talking about the 2006 Karachi Test against India, former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif has said that the the heavy Indian batting line-up had left Shoaib Akhtar and him startled.
Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif dismissing Sachin Tendulkar in the 2006 Karachi Test (Reuters Image)
- Mohammad Asif and Shoaib Akhtar were startled after looking at India’s team sheet
- I think all these players across formats would have combined to score a lakh or 1.5 lakh runs: Asif
- Mohammad Asif added that Shoaib Akhtar had bowled very fast in Karachi Test vs India
Talking about the 2006 Karachi Test match versus India, former Pakistan speedster Mohammad Asif has said that the heavy batting line-up of the visitors had left shoaib Akhtar and him worried.
The India team led by Rahul Dravid then boasted of batsmen like Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni in the playing XI. With no results coming out from the first two Tests, winning the Karachi Test was must for both the teams to seal the series.
38-year-old Mohamad Asif has said that it was a great feeling to win the match against a batting heavy Indian side. However, he also admitted that before the start of the match, Akhtar and him were worried looking at the line up, which shared almost 1.5 lakh runs among them.
“No doubt it was a great feeling. It was such a batting-heavy team. I remember when Shoaib bhai and I looked at the team sheet, he was like ‘who all are we going to get out’. At No 7 or 8 was Dhoni.
“We looked at the line up and we said ‘how are we going to get them out’. Because I think all these players across formats would have combined to score a lakh or 1.5 lakh runs between them. Everyone had at least 15-20K runs,” Asif told Kamran Akmal on the latter’s YouTube channel.
Mohammad Asif, who took 7 wickets in the match (4 in 1st and 3 in 2nd), credited Shoaib Akhtar for his sucess in the match. He said that Akhtar did not get wicket but bowled fast enough to put India batsmen under dilemma of playing on front foot or back foot.
“Shoaib bhai I remember had bowled to the Indian batsmen with a lot of pace. He had started bowling those deadly bouncers, full of pace from Faisalabad itself,” Asif recalled. “And I took advantage of it. Because of his bouncers, Indian players were playing on the back foot and since I pitched the ball forward, they were in two minds. He was extremely quick in that match. He couldn’t get wickets but he set the stage for my wickets,” Asif added.
Pakistan had won the Karachi Test by 341 runs to seal the 3-match series 1-0 in their favour.