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Pakistan left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz has revealed that he has an incredible amount of respect for fellow left-arm Mohammad Amir.
Amir is currently the joint second-highest wicket-taker in the World Cup with 16 victims in six matches at an average of 17.87. It should be noted that Pakistan have played seven matches, but their clash against Sri Lanka was washed out without a ball being bowled.
As for Wahab, he has taken eight wickets in six games at an average of 42.25.
In addition to having respect for Amir, Wahab admitted that the two of them often help each other out and encourage one another.
“The best thing is that we both talk to each other [about] how things are going, what we should do and how we should bowl. We always listen to each other and always believe in each other’s perspective about any game,” Wahab told the International Cricket Council (ICC) as quoted by NDTV.
“Amir failed to perform to his level in the last few games he played before the World Cup, he was not the one among the wickets and as a bowler I know how difficult it [is] even though you [have] that self-belief. But, when people talk a lot about you, it is not that easy.”
Pakistan kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive with a six-wicket win over New Zealand, who were undefeated prior to that match, and will next face Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.