Left-arm pacer from Pakistan, Mohammad Amir who dismantled India in the Champions Trophy final, early this year by picking three wickets feels that the wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli was the crucial one which led to Pakistan’s victory.
Amir, along with Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, and Shadab Khan helped Pakistan beat the defending champions India by 180 runs.
Amir, while reminiscing the sweet memories with ESPNcricinfo said,
“When Kohli was dropped, I thought half the game was gone, to be honest. Because he is the kind of batsman if you give him a chance, he won’t score less than hundred. Ninety-percent of the time, you give him a chance, he gets a hundred. Recently against New Zealand, they dropped him on 15 or 20, and he scored a hundred. He doesn’t give you a second chance. Everybody knows if you get Kohli, India is 50% out of the game. Till he is at the crease, India’s chances of winning are 70-80%. If you look at his chasing ratio, he is at the top of the world. He chases well; he performs well under pressure.”
The young Amir spiled the beans on the plans they made to beat a confident side. He admitted they wanted to remove the top-order as quickly as possible, as Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli were scoring the bulk of the runs in the tournament.
Amir further explained how he played with the mind of the star batsman Kohli bowling two consecutive outswingers from the same length. Kohli, who judged the swing wrong edged it to the slips, as Amir was on fire.
“I remembered Fakhar [Zaman] and how he had been out on a no-ball and had then scored a hundred. That kind of thing happens when you are walking back, it came to me immediately, and I thought I hope this doesn’t happen to us now,” he admitted about the match-winning century.
He concluded saying it was difficult to defend the score on that kind of pitches because it was flat and the only way to win matches was to pick wickets.
“The pitch was the kind where you couldn’t stop the runs. Even after they were six down, [Hardik] Pandya was hitting so big – the wicket was that flat. You couldn’t stop the runs flowing; you could only take wickets to win the game,” Amir signed off.
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