[caption id="attachment_753851" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Bilal-Asif-Getty-Images-011.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-753851" alt="Bilal Asif s six wickets saw Australia collapse from 142-0 to 202 all out on Day Three of the first Test at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. @ Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Bilal-Asif-Getty-Images-011.jpg" width="628" height="447" /></a> Bilal Asif s six wickets saw Australia collapse from 142-0 to 202 all out on Day Three of the first Test at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. @ Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>At 33, it turned out to be a dream debut for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/pakistan/">Pakistan</a> s off-spinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/bilal-asif/">Bilal Asif</a>, who s six wickets saw <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a> collapse from 142-0 to 202 all out on <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/pakistan-vs-australia-1st-test-day-3-after-bilal-asifs-636-pakistan-extend-lead-to-325-753810">Day Three of the first Test</a> at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. <p></p> <p></p>Asif, who was reported for a suspect bowling action, following his second ODI appearance against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/zimbabwe/">Zimbabwe</a> in 2015, became only the third spinner in Pakistan history after <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mohammad-nazir/">Mohammad Nazir</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/shahid-afridi/">Shahid Afridi</a> to complete a five-wicket haul on debut. <p></p> <p></p> I have been struggling for the last few years. I made my debut against Zimbabwe in 2015 and it has taken three years for me to come back. It has been a long time. I was working very hard at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The guys there really helped me. Now, I am here, I am very happy, Asif said on Tuesday. <p></p> <p></p> See, being a professional cricketer, you have to be strong mentally. I never doubted myself. I just wanted to keep up my hard work. Whether I got a chance or not is not something I can control. Performing and getting a chance is all down to God. My only job is to work hard. I made a lot of efforts in the two-three years after I was out of the team. <p></p> <p></p>Asif heaped praise on former Pakistan leg-spinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mushtaq-ahmed/">Mushtaq Ahmed</a>, who was instrumental in helping him correct his action. I would like to thank Mushy bhai [Mushtaq Ahmed] for my performance since he has been working hard with me for the last three years. Now, that I have got the reward, all the credit goes to Mushy bhai, he said. <p></p> <p></p>It was never easy to pick wickets on the Dubai pitch almost equivalent to a road. The pressure was on after Australia were cruising in the morning with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/aaron-finch/">Aaron Finch</a> (62) and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/usman-khawaja/">Usman Khawaja</a> (85) providing the right start. <p></p> <p></p> Being a debutant, of course there is pressure. In the first session, I wasn t feeling well because I did not bowl as well. However, my team-mates were very supporting and encouraging and gave me the confidence to perform, he said. <p></p> <p></p>While Asif claimed six wickets, leg-spinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/yasir-shah/">Yasir Shah</a> went despite bowling the most number of overs (28). This is a team game. He might not have picked a wicket, but he is a world-class bowler. It was my luck that I got so many wickets, Asif said. <p></p> <p></p> Yes, there was pressure after not picking a wicket in the first session as a debutant. However, I kept all these things on the side and focused on my bowling and in the end, God helped me.