Mohammad Amir Relishes Virat Kohli’s Prized Scalp in ICC Champions Trophy Final
As the slice of luck doesn’t seem to go in left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir’s way in the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as he further picked a solitary wicket of debutant Sadeera Samarawickrama, in his 50 overs, the former bowled so far.
The promising left-arm fast-bowler Amir is known for brilliance with the ball, as he has further cherished the prized scalp of Indian skipper Virat Kohli which he bagged during the recently 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
“It would have been calamity had we not got him [Kohli] next ball. I was on cloud nine when I dismissed him immediately; we had got a second wicket and had won half the match,” Amir was quoted as saying by Wisden India.
The prolific right-handed batting mainstay Kohli was squared up by Amir — to see the ball lobbing in the air which eventually found the safe pair of hands of rookie leg-spinner Shadab Khan at the point region after Azhar Ali dropped Kohli in the slip cordon.
“It nipped away but the light faded before my eyes when I saw Azhar Bhai dropping that catch. I can’t tell you how I was feeling. How on earth did we let him off, he is the best in the world in a chase and he never gives a chance,” Amir added.
After Pakistan won its maiden Champions Trophy title on June 18 where Amir, who tormented the strong batting line-up while removing the three premium batsmen in quick succession including batting star Kohli, was the chief architect with the ball.
“The Champions Trophy win ranks at the top in my career, and it will remain so until we win a bigger event, like the World Cup,” Amir maintained.
Amir revealed it was tough on his part to bear the brunt of the back spasm for what he got injected many-a-times and he still failed to make it to the semi-final fixture against England at Cardiff which allowed the 25-year-old left-arm fast bowler Rumman Raees to make it to the playing XI.
“I can’t forget those three wickets in the final. They are particularly special because they helped Pakistan win a memorable match, and that too against India,” Amir said while recalling his best moments of the Champions Trophy final.
While talking about India-Pakistan fixtures, Amir believes the pressure is always on both the sides, as he further feels the speciality lies in the performance of players.
“A cricket match always has its pressures. Anyone saying that an India-Pakistan match is just a normal game is not speaking the truth,” Amir concluded.
Re-emerging onto the international scene as a strong force after being caught in the infamous spot-fixing case in Lord’s 2010, Amir has eventually gone on to impress his critics for maintaining his discipline when he returned to the national fold last year against New Zealand.
The pace portent Amir has been the spearhead in the bowling department for Pakistan across formats, as he has given hundred percent after being humiliated during the investigation in London while bringing disgrace to Pakistan and gentleman’s game in particular alongside former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif.
Amir made his international debut in 2009; he featured in 36 ODIs followed by 31 Twenty20 internationals and 29 Tests. He bagged 183 scalps across all three formats.
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