“I can play a bigger role for CSK. Last time, I hardly had played any games prior to the IPL, and so I did not have the confidence or experience then. This time, I’ve already got some experience. I believe that I will get the opportunities and I now know how to utilise them,” Asif told media.

Cricket continues to be Asif’s passion. It’s helped rebuild his life. His family has moved to a new home, and it no longer gets flooded during monsoon. Cricket even brought him back to Dubai. A third time. No, he’s not here for a job. He’s here to do a job, for Chennai Super Kings.

Will it be third time lucky for him? Only Asif chettan (brother) can answer that. He can provide a fairytale ending to the script.