Owing to his good rapport after messing it up with a massive no-ball at iconic Lord’s ground against England-led by Alastair Cook, Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has shown a lot of improvement while sharing the fair amount of love as a friend that could be termed as ‘bromance’ with his counterpart Virat Kohli, who is currently Team India’s skipper across all three formats of gentleman’s game, adding the former is best in business across the cricketing globe.
- Mohammad Amir was banned for five years; spent three months in jail
- Caught at the age of 19 in spot-fixing at historic Lord’s in 2o1o
- Three wickets in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final against India
- International return in January 2016 against New Zealand
- Virat Kohli gifted a bat to Amir in T20 World Cup 2016 held in India
- On June 4, 2017, Kohli gave another bat to Amir
- Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were also found guilty
Amir, who is touted as a thinking bowler, has revealed that professionals are role models for juniors back home as well as their die-hard fans while thrusting to see such bound taking a centre stage in the field of sports.
Moreover, India-Pakistan relations have often been sour owing to the skirmishes in the recent past; Kohli-Amir have led from the front — to set an example of playing the crucial role in between the two neighbouring countries, in a bid to bridge the gap through gentleman’s game.
“I think this sort of bond and friendship should be prevalent amongst all sportsmen of all nations. We are role models and we can bridge differences and bring people closer together,” Amir was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
Amir, who has bowled his heart-out in the grand finale of the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy against Kohli-led Men in Blue, bagged three wickets which included a wicket of the Delhi-born batsman in his sensational opening spell burst.
“If he had played in the last 5 years he would have been among world’s top 3,” Kohli said on Amir return to flight cricket.
Amir has been phenomenal with the ball after left-handed batsman Fakhar Zaman registered his maiden century which in the second innings of the match saw the left-arm bowler also claiming the wickets of left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan, right-hander Rohit Sharma on nought.
“Whenever we meet we always greet each other with respect. There is a bond and a friendship between us, a mutual respect,” Amir expressed his delight while sharing a great bound with Kohli.
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However, it becomes pertinent to figure out that Amir has termed Kohli as the world’s star batsman while watching him bat against different oppositions, in the recent past after the 28-year-old batsman has expressed his delight to see the promising prospect making a return to elite cricket in January 2016.
“He’s [Kohli] a big name and he is currently the best batsman in the world,” Amir asserted.
Kohli, who is averaging 50 across all three formats in the past, has also hailed the set of skills Amir as a paceman has in the store stating the wily customer has shown the quality improvement while making the comeback.