KM Asif, popularly known as Mohammed Asif is an Indian cricketer born on 24th July 1993 in Edavanna, Malappuram. Asif is primarily a right-arm medium pace bowler for the Kerala state side. Asif bats right-handed lower down the order as a tail ender.
Being from the Malappuram region of Kerala, Asif had dreams of becoming a footballer like any young kid from Malappuram. The region had produced several international footballers.
He joined the GV Raja Sports School in Thiruvananthapuram and then started taking cricket seriously.
In 2012-13, Asif met Biju George, who had served as the fielding coach of the Indian under 19 team and head coach of the Kuwait national team. Under his tutelage, Asif started to groom himself.
Asif was a part of the Kerala Ranji Trophy squad for the 2017-18 season but did not get a game to play in.
Rise to Glory
Asif made his first appearance for Kerala during the 2018 Syed Mushtaq Ali South Zone group stages.
He made his debut against Goa at Visakhapatnam and impressed everyone with his pace.
One of the deliveries he bowled against Goa clocked 144 kmph on the speed gun which brought him in notice of everyone. He ended up picking three wickets from 25 runs.
He took 2/34 in the next game against Karnataka which included the wickets of top-scorer, Mayank Agarwal and Ravikumar Samarth.
His impressive performance in the shorter format of the game meant Asif was handed his debut in the List A cricket as well against Himachal Pradesh at Nadaun. He celebrated the occasion by picking 3/65.
KM Asif was one of the last players to get himself listed for the 2018 Indian Premier League auctions and was kept at a base price of INR 20 lakhs. He was eventually bought for 40 lakhs by Chennai Super Kings after a slight bidding war with Mumbai Indians.