The part of Pakistan’s ICC Champions Trophy 2017 winning squad, fast bowler Mohammad Amir, revealed he has a great regard for Indian counterpart Rohit Sharma while expressing everyone has a right for the opinion, as he termed the makeshift opener as an ‘extraordinary batsman’. (Read Here: Mickey Arthur Feels World XI’s Visit Could Revive International Cricket In Pakistan).
“I would call him an extraordinary batsman,” was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
Amir, who demolished the top-order line-up of arch-rivals India, recently in the grand finale at the Kia Oval, interestingly included the wicket of the Bansod-born Sharma on nought.
“His record for India is superb and I respect him,” Amir added.
Amir The promising fast bowler Amir was speaking about his fiery spell in the final, before discussing the comments from India’s right-handed batsman, who alongside Shikhar Dhawan had dominated the opposition bowlers in the England and Wales during the 50-over event held in June.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion, whether it’s labelling a cricketer world-class or ordinary; it is up to that individual,” Amir further added.
After registering maiden hundred by Fakhar Zaman, it was Amir, who played a crucial role in handing over the victory to his national team by 180 runs — to lift the maiden coveted title of ICC Champions Trophy.
The paceman has further lauded Rohit for his ability to decimate any bowling contingent, while stating he is expecting the opinion regarding him as a bowler may change when it comes to professionals, who’re featuring at the elite level of cricket.
“That was his opinion about me and he is entitled to that opinion. Maybe his opinion about me has now changed,” Amir maintained.
Moreover, the 25-year-old bowler Amir in his straightforward response stated he is working on his fitness and he is not worried what his opponents would say regarding his bowling or vis-à-vis character.
“I never worry about what other cricketers have to say about me,” Amir asserted.
It’s pertinent to mention, during the Asia Cup, Rohit termed Amir as ‘overhyped bowler’ when the former produced a stunning spell – to claim three wickets like he did at The Oval on June 18.
“There is just so much hype around him. It is not as if he turns up and blows everyone away,” Rohit said it during the Asia Cup in 2016.
Amir, who has served a five-year ban after Lord’s infamous Test in 2010, has been mature enough to deal with the tricky things after taking the field again while donning national jersey, as he is further focusing on his performance to benefit the team in a long-run process.
The Punjab-born Amir, who has claimed 183 wickets at the International circuit, has further expressed a desire to continue while playing across all three forms of the game for Pakistan in the foreseeable future.