India vs Pakistan: En route to entering their hearts, Amir still makes them hop

hidden, Feb, 26 2016
India vs Pakistan: En route to entering their hearts, Amir still makes them hop

Fatullah: Mohammad Amir, having atoned for once deliberately betraying his team and fans for a quick buck, is again making the batsmen hop and at the same time winning their hearts in a sport, which, like many others, can be generous when it comes to second chances.

The onset of the new year brought glad tidings for Amir, who returned to the Pakistan cricket squad for the limited-overs away series against New Zealand, completing a cycle of redemption following his spectacular fall from grace in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.

File picture of Mohammad Amir. Getty

Amir served jail term and a five-year ban suspension from cricket for indulging in spot-fixing during the 2010 tour of England.

And even as Pakistan gear up to renew their rivalry with India in the Asia Cup tomorrow, the spotlight continues to be on the man who emerged as the hottest pace sensation in 2009.

Whether the left-arm pacer is there or not, be it Virat Kohli or Aaqib Javed, there is a always a question on Amir nowadays.

When the Pakistan team stepped out for their training session at the Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium, all eyes were trained on Amir. With the team's grey coloured training gear on, he looked to have put in a few pounds extra in his wiry frame of 2010.

What interested most was how well he gelled with the team since the last month. It was clear from the two hours of training that Amir's integration into Pakistan's cricket system looks complete with no visible discomfort between him and other players.

It was more so evident when the team played 'foot-volley', one of the common warm-up routines of many cricket teams.

Amir was vocal during the match, didn't mind questioning the 'referee's' decision, had mock arguments with teammates on line calls. There was bonhomie between him and others, which indicated that the 23-year-old has made some headway into the hearts of his mates. The likes of Shoaib Malik enjoyed a hearty laugh with Amir.

When it came to bowling, he looked impressive. The pace and swing were all there and he looked sharp during the half an hour that he bowled at the nets.

There were a few swinging deliveries that the batsmen missed but the ball of the session was the one with which he dismissed Sharjeel Khan.

PTI

Published Date: Feb 26, 2016 | Updated Date: Feb 26, 2016


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115