Mohammad Amir made a comeback into international cricket after 5 years and on his return he has made an impact and impressed coach Waqar Younis with his bowling.
As quoted by stuff.co.nz Waqar said that it was unfortunate that catches were dropped off his bowling but he is sure that Amir will come back and take more wickets in the upcoming matches.
“I wanted those catches to be taken because it would have really given him that confidence at the beginning of the game,” said Younis.
“Unfortunately that’s part of the game. I’m sure he knows that he will come back.”
He added that Amir is there to give breakthroughs upfront and was assured that the pacer can do just that for the team.
“I’m expecting Amir to give breakthroughs with the new ball, which I think he’s got the capability to do,”
Waqar Younis also praised the way Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Gul performed because cricket is a team game and everyone has to chip in to lead a team towards victory. He thought that Hafeez adjusted really well and played a splendid knock.
“You really have to work as a unit. If someone goes bad someone else has to cover that up. Umar Gul bowled one over where they took him on and the other guys came to the rescue.”
“Playing here in Auckland you never know if it might swing around or bounce a bit more. I thought Hafeez adjusted really well. He took his time, and once he knew the pace of the pitch, off he went.”
Waqar Younis also said that the team wants to win this series because it would be a great morale booster for the national team before the all important T20 World Cup in March. He added that the team will not be changed for the second T20 at Hamilton.
“We would like to win first – and then see if we can give somebody a go. We’ve got the PSL and Asia Cup coming up, so we’ve got to decide before the Asia Cup.
“They are all happy. They’re all excited. We don’t have much time before the next game, so we’ve really got to focus.”