Former Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir has responded to Rohit Sharma‘s ‘normal bowler’ remark, the Indian batter made in 2016. Ahead of the India-Pakistan game at Eden Gardens in 2016, Rohit Sharma sparked a major story by calling then-Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir ‘a normal bowler.’
The Indian opener then commented over the left-arm pacer, who made an international comeback after getting banned for a match-fixing scandal. Rohit Sharma then cautioned the Indian team against the hype on a single bowler. He also suggested that it is too early to compare Mohammad Amir with the legendary Wasim Akram.
“Stop talking about him already. He isn’t the only bowler, Pakistan have five other bowlers who are doing well for them. There is just so much hype around him, I don’t think it is right to give him too much hype after one match. He is good but he needs to prove it over and over again. 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,” Rohit Sharma in a press conference before the marquee tournament.
Mohammad Amir has finally broken his silence on the matter and claimed that he did not take Rohit’s statement seriously.
“You cannot be everyone’s favourite” – Mohammad Amir on Rohit Sharma’s comment
Amir has now said that the Hitman has always struggled while facing him. However, the former Pakistan pacer has also added that Rohit is a ‘world-class’ batter.
“I don’t take Rohit Sharma’s statement seriously. Everyone has his own opinion and it is impossible that everyone regards me as a world-class bowler. There is nothing to be felt bad about it and as a professional, we should not take such things in a negative way,” Amir was quoted saying on a news channel by ASports.
“You cannot be everyone’s favourite. No doubt he is a world-class batsman. I bowled well every time I have faced Rohit and he struggled while facing me, still I will call him a world-class player,” added Mohammad Amir.