Mohammed Amir was famously charged for spot-fixing along with two other Pakistani bowlers. The incident took place in the Lord’s Test in 2010. All of them were sentenced to prison. The ICC officially banned Amir and others involved in the scandal for a whopping five years.
After the end of the ban, The left-arm pacer returned in the Pakistan shirt and managed to impress everyone with his bowling. He represented Pakistan in close to 150 international matches while scalping more than 250 wickets.
However, He announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket in December 2020. It was a shocking development for the cricketing world as He took the decision at the age of 29, which is considered to be the peak age for any sportsman.
Meanwhile, The pacer has now responded to Rohit Sharma’s comments on him, a few years later. The Indian skipper had gone on to burst all the hype around the left-arm pacer’s return in a press conference before a game in the T20 World Cup 2016.
The Mumbaikar had referred to the 30-year-old as a ‘normal’ bowler. He did not like the fact that the left-arm pacer was being compared to Wasim Akram. However, He admitted that Amir is a good bowler, but the hype around him is unjustified.
Here are Rohit Sharma’s statements from 2017:
“Stop talking about him already. There is just so much hype around him, I don’t think it is right to give him too much hype after one match. Now people are comparing him to Wasim Akram and all that. He is just a normal bowler. It is not as if he turns up and blows everyone away,”
Here’s how Mohammad Amir replied :
“I don’t take Rohit Sharma’s statement seriously. Everyone has their own opinion and it is impossible that everyone regards me as a world-class bowler. There is nothing to be felt bad about it as a professional. You cannot be everyone’s favorite. I bowled well every time I have faced Rohit and he struggled while facing me, still, I will call him a world-class player,”