Kevin Pietersen has tormented some of the renowned bowlers across the globe in his career, but the former England player has a surprising pick as the best bowler he’s ever faced.
Pietersen revealed in an interesting comment that the most difficult bowler he has ever faced was the ex-Pakistan swing bowler Mohammad Asif, who hasn’t played international cricket since the notorious England series which saw him – along with then captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir – being banned for spot-fixing in 2010.
While speaking on the Howie Games podcast, the veteran said Asif’s exceptional ability to find natural swing put him ‘a country mile’ ahead of the likes of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Muttiah Muralidaran.
“The best bowler I faced was Mohammad Asif, the bowler from Pakistan who got done for (spot)-fixing,” Pietersen said. “Probably not a bad thing because he tormented a lot of batters.
“Just his ability to make a batsman feel like the ball was accelerating off the wicket in different directions.”
“If I was in good form, he made sure I wasn’t in good form a couple of weeks later after playing him.
“If I wasn’t in good form, I knew I wasn’t in good form after playing him for a couple of weeks during a series.”
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