Mohammad Amir’s brothers Naveed and Ejaz have lauded the left-arm fast bowler’s scintillating performance against India in the recently-concluded ICC Champions Trophy final.
Pakistan’s pace spearhead, who had a mediocre time in the tournament prior to the final and had also missed the semifinal clash due to an injury, starred with the ball for the Men in Green, as they created history by winning their maiden ICC Champions Trophy. The left-arm pacer had begun the tournament with two wicketless matches against India and South Africa, respectively but made amends for it with a sensational bowling spell in the summit clash.
Even though Pakistan had posted a daunting 338, the flatness of the pitch and the form of India’s top-order had convinced many that the Men in Blue would give Pakistan a run for their money.
However, Amir had other plans. He first dismissed Rohit Sharma for a duck in the very first over before picking up the prized scalp of Virat Kohli in his next over. He was not done yet, as he also removed the tournament’s highest scorer, Shikhar Dhawan, leaving India reeling at 33 for three. India never recovered from those huge setbacks and was eventually bowled out for 158.
Delighted with Amir’s performance, his brothers said it has eased a big burden off them that was imposed on them after an 18-year old Amir was caught in a match-fixing scandal in England in 2010.
“Our family village, Changa Bungial is near Gujjar Khan near Rawalpindi and after the spot-fixing scandal happened, we were so ashamed and felt bad about facing people. Our family has now settled in Defence Lahore but our roots remain in our village and now when we go there we can proudly look up to our people again,” Naveed told the PTI.
“Amir, since completing his punishment, wanted to do something exceptional for Pakistan to make up for his wrongdoing and I think he managed that on Sunday,” he added.
He further said how the family is being congratulated by everyone from the village.
Everyone is calling us from our village and congratulating us on Amir’s performance in the final,” he said.
Recalling the time when Amir was caught in the spot-fixing scandal, Amir said:
“It was a terrible time for us. Our father was very upset but we all realised that he was just a kid at 18 and had made a mistake and we needed to support him.”