Indian opener Rohit Sharma has expressed dismay over the hype around Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir.
Despite being bamboozled by the left-army fast bowler‘s toe crushing delivery in Asia Cup, the Indian bastsman said: “Just leave him… He’s just come (after the ban) and I don’t think we should go gaga about him. Let him perform for one more year and we will see whether he deserves so much. Woh koi… (I don’t want to use those words).”
“He’s good but he needs to prove again and again. It’s not right to hype him so much after just one match. Not just for him or who are watching it, let him do it over and over again,” Sharma said.
Amir, 23, made a dream comeback against arch rivals India in Asia Cup, scalping 3/18, including that of Sharma.
“People are comparing him to Wasim Akram and all that. It’s wrong. Let him achieve some bit. Definitely he is got talent but aisa kuch nahin ki aake woh sabko uda hi deta hai (it’s not that he rips apart all line-ups). He’s just a normal bowler who was good on that day,” Sharma said.
Asked whether he had reservation against the return from ban of Amir, he said: “It’s none of my concern their politics their issues. I’m not interested. I’ve nothing to say on that.”
Chasing a seemingly easy target, India had a desperate start after Amir‘s double blow in the first over, trapping Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane — both leg-before and without scoring.
Amir then removed Suresh Raina for a single in another fuller length delivery to leave India at 8-3.
Kohli showed his class against the four-man hostile bowling attack with support from Yuvraj Singh who appeared uncomfortable but somehow managed to keep his wicket intact.
With eight required to win, fast bowler Mohammad Sami (2-16) broke the partnership by removing Kohli after he clobbered seven fours in his match-winning innings.
Sami then claimed Hardik Pandya (0) but captain MS Dhoni, with 7 not out, smashed a cover-drive boundary in the next over off Wahab Riaz for India s victory.
Man of the match Kohli hailed Amir for his brilliant efforts.
“I would like to congratulate Mohammad Amir for the way he bowled,” Kohli said. “I actually congratulated him while he was bowling. It was amazing to play such a spell.”
Pakistan would have had to create a new record if they were to defend their score, as the lowest total successfully defended in a Twenty20 international is 96.
Amir, who faced five-year ban for spot-fixing, was included in the national squad following his brilliant performance in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Amir, then Test captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were charged with accepting money in exchange for arranging deliberate no-balls during a Test match at Lord’s in England in 2010.
The three players and their agent Mazhar Majeed were jailed by a British court in 2011. Amir, Butt and Asif were also banned from cricket for five years.
But in September last year the International Cricket Council lifted sanctions against the three players. Amir’s ban was relaxed in January 2015 and he was allowed to play domestic matches.
At the time of the ban, Amir was tipped as one of the most talented fast bowlers in the world.