“It’s not Virat Kohli nor Rohit Sharma the most difficult to bowl at” ,says Mohammed Amir
Former Pakistan pacer picked Steve Smith as a difficult batsman to bowl at because of his technique.
Mohammed Amir in an interview with Cricwick stated that it’s not Virat Kohli nor Rohit Sharma the most difficult batsman he has ever bowled at. Steve Smith with his technique has given him a hard time while bowling, Amir confessed.
Mohammed Amir took the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shikhar Dhawan to silence Team India’s top-order during the ICC Champions Trophy final in 2017. Amir dismissed India’s top order and the Indian score read 33/3 in a chase of 339. Amir bowling figures in that match 3 wickets for 16 runs in six overs with two maidens.
“I haven’t found it tough bowling to either. In fact, I find it easy to bowl to him (Rohit). I feel that I can get him out both ways. He struggles against the in-swinger from a left-arm and as well as against the ball that goes away early on. I may say that I find bowling to Virat slightly tougher because he revels in pressure situations, but otherwise, I’ve never found it difficult bowling to either of the two,” Amir explained.
Amir named Australia’s Steve Smith a difficult batsman because of his technique.
“I find it most difficult to bowl to Steve Smith. Because his technique is very difficult. He stands at such an angle that you don’t understand where to bowl to him. If you bowl an out-swinger, he raises the bat and leaves it. If you bowl on the pads, his flick is a solid shot for him. I find his technique really difficult while bowling,” Amir said.
For Pakistan, Mohammed Amir has 119 wickets from 36 Tests, 81 wickets in 61 ODIs, and 59 from 50 T20Is.
Amir announced his decision to retire from international cricket last year in December after stating mental torture by management of his national board as a reason.