Pakistan’s speedster, Mohammad Amir opened up about Rohit Sharma’s “ordinary bowler” comment that he made after being dismissed by the left-arm pacer in Asia Cup T20 2016.
After more than a year, the sensational left-arm pacer addressed Sharma’s comment saying that his performances might have changed his opinion about him now and termed him an ‘extraordinary’ batsman.
“That was his opinion about me and he is entitled to that opinion,” Amir told Sky Sports. “Maybe his opinion about me has now changed.”
India’s star batsman Rohit Sharma said about the left-arm pacer that he is being over hyped, there are other Pakistani bowlers as well who are doing their job.
“Stop talking about him already,” Rohit said at the time. “He isn’t the only bowler, Pakistan have five other bowlers who are doing well for them.
“There is just so much hype around him, I don’t think it is right to give him too much hype after one match. He is good but he needs to prove it over and over again.
“Now people are comparing him to Wasim Akram and all that. He is just a normal bowler, on that given day if he is good, he is good. It is not as if he turns up and blows everyone away.”
Mohammad Amir repeated his thunderous act in the final of ICC Champions Trophy where he blew away Indian top order consist of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.
The 24-year old showed respect for his contemporary and called him an extraordinary batsman for his superb performance for his team.
“But let’s get one thing clear, I would never call him an ordinary batsman. In fact, I would call him an extraordinary batsman. His record for India is superb and I respect him,” he stated.
Amir cleared that anyone’s opinion about him does not affect him as it will put him under pressure, he just wants to go out on the field and perform for Pakistan.
“His opinions about other cricketers are up to him, but with all due respect, I never worry about what other cricketers have to say about me. It’s not my concern at all and I just concentrate on my performances and what I am doing for my team. If I worried about other people’s opinions of me that would just cause me stress and that is why I avoid it,” he told.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion, whether it’s labelling a cricketer world-class or ordinary; it is up to that individual,” he added.