India and Pakistan have always produced world class cricket players. For it is the batsmen who have ruled the roost, while across the border it is the bowlers. Mohammad Amir was one such player who began his career with a bang, and had the world of potential. Amir aged 18, was given a five year ban after being involved in spot fixing during the 2010 tour of England. Amir then made a comeback post his ban and helped Pakistan win the Champions Trophy in 2017. He abruptly retired from the game in 2020 citing torture.
The story as it happened –
Indian team is in England to play one test and 3 games of ODI and T20 cricket. Rohit Sharma the Indian captain, has labelled Amir as a pace bowler who can be termed normal. While Amir has a huge fan in former India skipper Kohli who termed him a ‘’World Class’’ level player. Rohit’s statement soon made headlines across the world.
Mohammad Amir responds –
Once the Indian captains’ views made the airways, the former Pakistan bowler was asked to comment on the same. The former Pakistan speedster has now replied to the claim from Rohit Sharma and said “I don’t take Rohit Sharma’s statement seriously. Everyone has his own opinion and it is impossible that everyone regards me as a world-class bowler. There is nothing to be felt bad about it, and as a professional, we should not take such things in a negative way. You cannot be everyone’s favorite”
Amir’s career in a nutshell –
Mohammad Amir made his test debut aged 17 against Sri Lanka and played 36 games in total. He picked 119 wickets with a best of 6/44 with 4 occasions of five wicket hauls. He also played 61 ODI games for Pakistan and picked 81 wickets with a best of 5/30, winning the champions trophy in 2017. In 50 T20 games, Amir picked 59 wickets and was instrumental in them winning the 2009 ICC world T20 title.
Amir retired from the game in 2020, and has since played the PSL, while there are constant rumours of him coming back to the game.