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Pakistan left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir believes that fellow left-armer Mohammad Amir is the “best bowler amongst the current set of bowlers in the Pakistan side”.
However, Tanvir added that Amir still isn’t anywhere near as good as he used to be when he first splashed onto the international scene.
Tanvir’s comments come after Amir took 17 wickets in eight World Cup matches at an average of 21.05.
Amir turned his fortunes around brilliantly during the tournament as 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.
Tanvir believes that Amir’s performance at the World Cup was so crucial as it might have saved his international career.
“Anyone who has been following Pakistan cricket for a while will agree with me when I say that Mohammad Amir is nowhere near the form he used to have,” Tanvir wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “The swing that made him unplayable is still missing but the fact remains that Amir is the best bowler amongst the current set of bowlers in the Pakistan side.
“I have always insisted that Amir cannot be excluded from any Pakistan side and I am glad that he was eventually included in the final 15 for the World Cup as without him, Pakistan would have struggled badly. In fact, remove Amir and Wahab Riaz and your bowling line-up becomes toothless. It was great to see Amir come into his own at the right time for Pakistan and this was crucial for Amir’s career as well as it helped him revive his somewhat sagging fortunes.
“Now, one can say that Amir has been lucky in his career as he has received tremendous support from the establishment, even when he wasn’t performing that well. Any other bowler would have long been discarded but Amir was persisted with and to his credit he paid back the faith that was put in him.”