Asif Ali of Pakistan was named ICC Player of the Month
Asif Ali, Cricketer Asif Ali , ICCT20WorldCup , ICCMensT20WorldCup
Pakistani middleorder Asif Ali was nominated October ICC Player of the Month on Tuesday, closing what has already been a memorable month
October was nothing less than a dream for Pakistani cricket fans. Not only did they get to witness an emphatic - and first ever - win over India in a World Cup, they also saw their team storm into the T20 showpiece event's semi-finals with five wins from five games.
The men in green are the fit team of the tournament, and will fight for a place in the final on Thursday when they face Australia in Dubai. And Asif was a great part of their race.
The middle order batsman had long faced criticism for his inability to showcase his hitting abilities at the international level. But in his first opportunity at the ongoing World Cup, he silenced his critics by cracking 27 from 12 balls with one four and three sixes in a grudge match against New Zealand, securing a second big win after the one against India.
Pakistan was in big trouble in her third game against Afghanistan by continuing 148. Asif pulled Pakistan from the edge, hitting an unbeaten 25 of only seven balls with four sixes to seal the win with one more to spare. That's seven sixes out of 19 balls in a tournament where batters generally wrestled.
These two performances were enough for Asif to win the ICC October Player's Prize, defeating Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh and David Wiese of Namibia.
Ireland's Laura Delany won the player of the month award. These are the world's experts in the field.