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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has lavished praise on left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir after he took two wickets in the national team’s World Cup win over South Africa on Sunday.
With Amir dismissing Proteas opener Hashim Amla and captain Faf du Plessis for two and 63 respectively, he not only played a crucial role in Pakistan’s 49-run win, but he also became the joint-highest wicket-taker in the World Cup with 15 victims at an average of 14.60.
Arthur admitted that he is delighted Amir has made his presence felt at the tournament, especially since between the conclusion of the Champions Trophy in 2017 and prior to the start of the World Cup, he had taken five wickets in 15 ODIs at an average of 92.60.
“I’ve always said that Amir is a very smart bowler,” Arthur was quoted as saying by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s website. “He backs his skills and his skills are excellent.
“He works incredibly hard but now he has that pace back and is bowling with a confidence he didn’t have before.
“His confidence waned and waned and waned but now he’s got spring back in his step, he’s swinging the ball again and bowling with extra pace.
“You can see the glint in his eye – which is a really good sign. That’s just confidence.
“Our guys need to be built up all the time – when they’re bashed, they don’t respond in a kind way, so hopefully his performance vindicated the talent out there.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday.