Pakistan’s left-arm pacer, Mohammad Amir revealed that he gets disappointed and frustrated when catches are dropped off his bowling, but, in a bigger picture, it affects the team more.
Amir told ESPNCricinfo, “Yes, it affects the bowler when you run from 22 yards and your catch is dropped; you’re disappointed and frustrated.”
“But it affects the team more than the individual. I’ve been very unlucky, but I try to be a team man,” he added.
The 24-year old has lost the count of the catches grounded on his bowling, however, to be exact, there have been 11 catches dropped by the fielders.
“It’s difficult to keep count, but I think at least 12-13 catches have gone down off my bowling in Tests and about six-seven catches have been dropped in the shorter formats as well,” said Amir.
He further told that Pakistan do not want to lose their test ranking. The situation is, if they lose their second game against New Zealand, they will be unable to maintain their second spot in the ranking.
“The ranking is very important and we’ve achieved it after a lot of hard work,” he said. “In the last seven series, we’ve won about five. It’s very important for us. We like to be among the top teams in the world.”
Pakistan need 369 runs to win the match on the last day of the contest and according to the young fast bowler, the Men in Green will look to go for the win.
“Tomorrow there will be 98 overs to bowl, and the first session will be very important,” he said. “If we can lay a platform, we’ll try to achieve the target. We’ll try to break the target up into smaller scores, and go about it that way,” he revealed.
Amir further defended the decision of playing four pacers and resting the key spinner, Yasir Shah in the second test of the series.
“The decision to play four seamers was the correct one,” said Amir. “So far there’s been a very limited role for the spinners, so the decision to play four pacers was right. The track has improved for batting. The ball is coming onto the bat and it has become easier to play shots. There’s a good possibility that we will bat well.”
“The score of 271 in the first innings when we bowled was on the higher side. We should have got them out for a lower score. Catches also went down – but that’s part of the game,” he further stated.