Pakistani skipper Asif Ali says he is working on his match-finishing abilities during the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan and England.
He says he is working on his abilities and intents to show the performance he failed to do in Asia Cup 2022. Ali expressed these views in an interview with GEO News.
The cricketer says the players and the cricket fans are excited about the series. “The series will also provide us [a] good opportunity to prepare ourselves for the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be held in Australia next month,” the middle-order batter said.
Ali said he is focused on his goal and wants to follow the plan the team will give him. “As I was unable to finish properly during Asia Cup, I am trying to overcome this lacking and improve my finish. I am working hard and discussing with coaches [on how] to work on this,” he mentioned.
Asif added that he is trying to match the situation of the match. He comes late to the net and allows his body to cool down after warm-up because this is the situation he will face in matches as well. “This practice is aimed at helping me prepare to power hit as soon I step on the field,” he added.
Asif Ali added that he usually comes to bat during the pressure situation in the match, and cricket is all about that.
“I usually come to bat at a situation when you need an average of 12 to 14 runs per over. Sometimes, I get to bat only in the last over of the game. Nevertheless, I always try to learn from my previous games and focus on how to improve things for future games,” he said.
He said that he is aiming to prepare well for the upcoming T20 World Cup. “I am hearing that [the] situation will favor the batters there. We’ll also play in New Zealand which will allow us to adjust quickly as well. I’ve played a couple of games in Australia before, though I couldn’t score in [the] past, this time I will prepare myself well for the tournament,” he concluded.