Pakistani cricketer Mohammed Amir has found himself at the receiving end of criticism because of his recent statements for Indian opener Rohit Sharma. Recently, in an interview, Mohammad Amir had said he has always enjoyed bowling against India’s star pair of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and finds it easier to face Rohit Sharma. He had said:
“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-armer and as well as against the ball that goes away early on,”
Well, his comments didn’t go down well with many including former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria, who has slammed the fast bowler for his remarks on the Indian opener. Reacting to Amir’s remarks on Rohit, Dinesh slammed the former Pakistani pacer, who announced retirement from international cricket last year citing issues with current Pakistan’s team management.
In his latest YouTube video, though Kaneria impressed everyone with his performances in the initial days of his career but also lashed out at him for making untimely statements to remain in the spotlight. He said:
“Mohammad Amir, you want to remain in headlines, no doubt. You have been a wonderful bowler for Pakistan. When you debuted, you made quite a name for yourself. You used to make the ball swing both ways with the new ball. You’ve troubled many batsmen and there’s nothing to take away from it. You troubled India in the Champions Trophy final and gave their batsmen a tough time in the Asia Cup as well,”
Further, Kaneria also went on to compare Amir with former Pakistan all-rounder Adul Razzaq, who had called Jasprit Bumrah a ‘baby bowler’. He said:
“But such statements are made when players are about to face each other in an upcoming or an ongoing series. Neither are we going to have an India vs Pakistan series, nor are you going to bowl to Rohit Sharma. You’ve said something out of the blue, similar to what Abdul Razzaq had said about Jasprit Bumrah. So, it is fine if you want to be in the limelight by making such statements. I understand that a bowler likes to say such things, express himself by saying stuff like ‘he’s my bunny, I like to get him out,”
Danish Kaneria also reminded Amir of Rohit’s record in limited-overs cricket and went on to call Rohit a far more superior cricketer than Amir. He said:
“Rohit Sharma is a player who has scored so many double-centuries, and on top of that, he is a run-machine. There is hardly a player who plays spinners and fast bowlers better than him. And as far as you are concerned, you no longer have that pace or swing, because of which you couldn’t perform for the last two years and were axed from the team. So you come back, perform and when he is against you, and then make such statements. It will make for an exciting battle,” Kaneria said.
“But to say things out of the blue like ‘I have two types of balls and I can get him out anytime’, I don’t think so. Rohit Sharma is far superior to you, he is of a higher class. Very sorry, but that’s my opinion,”