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“Shoaib Akhtar was worried” Asif shares memories of 2006 Karachi Test vs India

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Former Pakistan seamer Mohammad Asif went down memory lane to share his famous bowling performance against arch-rivals India, during a Test match at the National Stadium in Karachi in 2006.

The right-armer had figures of 4/78 in the first innings and then picked up 3 top-notch wickets of Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar — in the 2nd innings as Pakistan registered a massive 341-run victory.

“So my all spells were good, but if I had to narrow it down, I’d remember the Karachi Test against India. The biggest batting line-up of the time,” said Asif in an interview with espncricinfo.

“I remember Shoaib Akhtar in the dressing room worrying about how we’d get them out. I just got them out and showed him. So that particular game I remember,” he added.

Also in the 2006 season, Asif stunned a star-studded Sri Lankan batting lineup with an amazing bowling performance in the Kandy Test match — which Pakistan won by 8 wickets. He bagged 11 wickets, with figures of 6/44 and 5/27 in the first and second innings, respectively.

Speaking specifically on his performance against Sri Lanka, Asif revealed how he was the only Pakistan bowler that was able to make the ball swing.

“That Kandy Test where I don’t really remember who but either Umar Gul or Rao Iftikhar Anjum came to me and asked how the hell I was making the ball swing, when for them the ball wasn’t moving at all. Anyway, I don’t know, either I was in a hurry or probably they [Sri Lankan batsmen] were in a hurry (laughs). Those 11 wickets were fun,” he said.

Asif’s career went downhill after his involvement in the infamous 2010 spot-fixing scandal. After serving a seven-year ban, the seamer returned to first-class cricket but failed to make it back to the national side.

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