Ben Stokes Recreates Famous Ian Bishop Quotes After Asif Ali Reaches 4 More Sixes, Sealing Pakistan’s Victory Over Afghanistan | Locust
Five years ago in a crowded Eden Gardens in Kolkata, West Indies all-rounder Carlos Braithwaite forced the cricket world to “remember his name” by hitting four sixes in the final final against England to lead his team to their second T20 World Cup title. Bowler – Ben Stokes – who was at the reception saw the phenomenon repeat itself (almost) in the 2021 T20 World Cup, albeit in a Super 12 stage match. Pakistani Asif Ali hit four. six against Afghan race leader Karim Janat to seal a victory for his team on Friday.
There was no Ian Bishop in the comments area to make everyone “remember Asif Ali’s name,” but Stokes took note of the right-hander’s hitter. The English all-rounder, who had missed this World Cup with an injury, did his best to recreate Bishop’s words on Twitter after Asif Ali’s exploits in Dubai.
“Remember the name Asif Ali,” Stokes tweeted.
Asif, who had played a crucial blow against New Zealand, hit four sixes in the 19th to push Pakistan past a delicate 148 point target, giving them three wins in as many games.
Pakistan, chasing 148 to win, were well placed at 122-3 in the 17th when Afghan spinner Rashid Khan reversed the game, beating Babar Azam for 51. +
In the next round, Naveen-ul-Haq conceded just two points and fired veteran Shoaib Malik for 19.
Shadab Khan came in for the last ball of the over and guided a shot into space, but Asif turned down a single, taking the fate of the game into his own hands.
With Pakistan needing 24 out of the last two overs, he went on a rampage against Janat, crushing the first, third, fifth and sixth deliveries over the border.
“I’m confident in my strikes and it paid off,” Asif said after the game. “I hit six towards the longer side of the boundary.”
“My job is to hit a six, so I train in situation-based scenarios, I need to hit a six in the last five overs-type situations,” he said.
(With contributions from the agency)