“I have always been a great fan of Mohammad Amir and love the way he bowls”, these are the words of legendary Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram about Mohammad Amir and this statement goes a long way in revealing how good a bowler Amir is.
Today the left arm Pakistan fast bowler turns 24 and the seamer has made his mark on Pakistan cricket in numerous ways. Although his career was marred by an early scandal in the form of spot fixing and the ace bowler paid a heft price for that but on this given day let’s just keep that aside and admire his brilliance as a fast bowler.
Amir emerged on the international setup when he made his T20 debut against England at The Oval, in June 2009, where he got off the mark in the bowling department with a wicket off his second ball of over and immediately made his presence felt on international cricket. Since them Amir has featured in 29 T20I matches for Pakistan where he has taken 34 wickets at an economy rate of 7.06 which is quite good as far as the shortest format is concerned. Mohammad Amir was a vital part of the Younis Khan led Pakistan side which won the T20 crown back in 2009.
Mohammad Amir was a equally good bowler in test matches and ODI cricket and he made his name as a proper wicket taker up front with the new ball. He made his debut in the 50 over format and the longest format against Sri Lanka in July 2009. He got six wicket with the ball in hand in his first ever test outing and 3 wickets in his very first ODI match as well. His control with the new ball and ability to keep the batsman under check during the death overs was an example of the qualities he possessed as a fast bowler.
Although Amir has not played test matches since 2010 due to the ban but during his one year in the game’s original format Amir already holds three 5 wicket hauls to his credit and 51 wickets at a decent average of 29.
Mohammad Amir has also done stints for T20 leagues all over the world which includes representing the Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League and also playing for Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League where he was influential in team’s victories and even took a hat-trick for Karachi side.
Although Mohammad Amir’s return to Pakistan cricket after the spot fixing ban was lifted was controversial as people and former cricketers were divided on this issue but with time the issues has settled down. Former cricketer Imran Khan also backed Amir’s return while talking to ARY News.
Imran Khan speaks in favor of Muhammad Amir by arynews
Mohammad Amir has a long career ahead of him and down the line he will grow further as a bowler and if he can carry on his form and flare he will be Pakistan’s pace battery leader for the next decade.