The 2017-18 Vijay Hazare trophy was Asif’s List A debut and although he didn’t have great success, the skills were visible to one and all. His IPL selection came purely by chance, courtesy BCCI’s last-minute decision to prepone the schedule of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy – India’s premier T20 tournament – so that the knockout stages could be completed before the IPL auctions. This decision is what turned the tables for Asif who had a great run in the tournament, hustling batsmen with his pace and also showing good control. Despite all this, he wasn’t a straight pick and was eventually selected on the final day of the auctions by the Chennai outfit. This move has certainly given him a bit of fame.
A huge fan of Dale Steyn, Asif realizes that being a genuine pacer isn’t a walk in the park. However, his determination to succeed has been a quality that the coaches and his teammates have spotted in him since his initial cricketing days. With Chennai having a large pool of players, it’s unlikely that he will get a consistent run barring the odd chance which he will have to capitalize on. If he can harness his potential properly, he could do a lot in the coming years to Indian cricket.