Although the jury is still thinking whether the convicted player of Pakistan, Mohammad Amir should have been allowed to play international cricket or not, Indian vice-captain Virat Kohli is “very happy” to find the talented left-arm pacer back in his national team.
The star of Indian cricket team Virat Kohli welcomed the return of Pakistani player Mohammad Amir to the international cricket, on Tuesday. He was very delighted to see Mohammad Amir making a successful comeback to international cricket.
Muhammad Amir, a 23-year-old left-handed player, was found guilty of spot-fixing in a Test match against England at Lord’s in 2010 and as a result remained in jail for three months and was banned for five years straight. He has now made a comeback after serving the suspension period. Virat Kohli sprinkled praises on his bowling capabilities and wished him the very best for the Asia Cup contest which is currently taking place in Dhaka.
On the occasion of India’s Asia Cup T20 opener against the host Bangladesh, Kohli said,
I’m happy to see Amir back and wish him all the best. He’s always been a top-class bowler. He’s worked hard and it requires courage.
When asked about the game against Pakistan, Kholi said,
I don’t feel anything different in playing against Pakistan. It’s the same game of cricket. I look at all oppositions with the same view. Matches against Pakistan are certainly competitive. People may feel excited but for players it’s the same as any other team. I am happy to see Amir back, it’s good to see that he has realized his mistake, learned from it and rectified it, as well as went to New Zealand to represent his country.
Before the spot-fixing scandal, Amir was regarded as one of the hottest property in international cricket. He made his comeback with the recent series against New Zealand, less than four months after completing his five-years ban.
Kohli went to the extent of saying that Muhammad Amir could have been amongst the top three bowlers, had he not strayed. He ranked him as a world class bowler by saying,
Amir has had always been a world class cricketer and I have no doubt that if he had played for the last five years he would have been amongst the top three bowlers in the world, he has a lot of talent, he has got pace, bounces a very good yorker.
Kohli said that the best part is Amir admitting his mistake. He further said that it takes a lot of courage to come this far and Amir has worked hard for it.
Virat Kohli is one of the few non-Pakistani international cricketers who have welcomed Muhammad Amir’s comeback. This gesture of Virat Kohli must be appreciated as this shows a very good spirit of sportsmanship.
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