Stop talk­ing about Amir al­ready: Ro­hit

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

The brief en­counter be­tween Ro­hit and Amir dur­ing the In­di­aPak­istan Asia Cup T20 match in Dhaka on Fe­bru­ary 27, left many in awe. It also en­hanced Amir's rep­u­ta­tion as the ' spe­cial tal­ent' who was back do­ing what he did best. Ac­cord­ing to Ro­hit though, Amir is just a 'nor­mal' bowler who was un­jus­ti­fi­ably hyped.

"Stop talk­ing about him al­ready," ESPNCricinfo quoted Ro­hit as say­ing of Amir in Kolkata. "He isn't the only bowler, Pak­istan have five other bowlers who are do­ing well for them," added the right -handed bats­man. Sharma be­lieved that Amir needed to be more con­sis­tent to be con­sid­ered an 'ex­tra­or­di­nary' pace­man but for now he was good in patches.

"He is good but he needs to prove it over and over again," said Sharma. "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," added the opener.

How­ever, af­ter the In­di­aPak­istan Asia Cup fix­ture, Vi­rat Kohli, the In­dian skip­per, had con­trast­ing views about the lef­t­arm pacer. "I would like to com­pli­ment M Amir for the way he bowled. I ac­tu­ally con­grat­u­lated him while he was bowl­ing," he said. "It was so happy to play such an amaz­ing spell. He is a world-class bowler."

Dur­ing that spell, Amir sent Ro­hit, Ajinkya Ra­hane and Suresh Raina back to the pav­il­ion cheaply, to fin­ish with fig­ures of 3 for 18 in four overs. In Pak­istan's Asia cup fail­ure, Amir was one of the rare pos­i­tives, tak­ing seven wick­ets in four matches in the tour­na­ment at an econ­omy rate of 5.06 an over.

"Bum­rah is al­ready start­ing to make a mark. I would tell you that in­stead of talk­ing about Amir you should talk about Bum­rah," said Sharma about his com­pa­triot fast-bowler Jasprit Bum­rah. Bum­rah took six wick­ets in five games for In­dia in the Asia Cup, at an econ­omy of 5.22. Ro­hit said Bum­rah had a bright fu­ture ahead.

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