England v Pakistan, 3rd npower Test, The Oval August 22, 2010

'I don't let pressure affect me' - Amir

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Mohammad Amir believes pressure is something that an individual creates for himself and can be avoided
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Pakistan's remarkable young fast bowler, Mohammad Amir, sliced through England's second innings in the third Test at The Oval to set up an unexpected win for a Pakistan team that was clearly struggling for confidence going into the match. He showed composure with the bat too, pulling Graeme Swann to the midwicket fence to relieve the growing tension after England had taken three quick wickets to make a small target look much bigger than it was.

Amir has now taken 13 wickets at an average just over 20 apiece in three Tests against England. Add the two Tests against Australia and he has 24 wickets at 21.27. Pressure, it appears, means little to this 18-year-old.

"I don't really let pressure affect me at all," Amir told PakPassion.net after his Man-of-the-Match performance at The Oval. "I believe that pressure is something that an individual creates for himself and it's something that you can avoid. I guess it's just down to the individual and the characteristics of an individual. I just go out there, relax, smile, enjoy myself, play my natural game, do what comes naturally to me and play my cricket according to the conditions and match situation.

"The more you worry about things when you are out there in the middle, the more problems you are going to encounter".

The win over an England side that has been in great form this year has naturally given Pakistan a huge boost of confidence, and some much-needed momentum, heading into the fourth and final Test. "It's great to be going into the final match at Lord's with some momentum," Amir said. "It was such an important victory for us and keeps us in the series. We'll be going all out for victory at Lord's."

Amir's new-ball partnership with Mohammad Asif is rapidly developing into one of the best in the world, if not the best, and Amir was quick to praise his fellow opening bowler. "He's a fantastic guy to bowl in tandem with. He's such a threatening bowler, a wicket-taker, someone who has the ability to take a wicket with every delivery. He never gives the opposition batsmen any respite and is such a brilliant team player who will bowl according to any situation, or in such a way that the team requires him to bowl.

"He's so accurate and rarely gives the batsmen any easy opportunities to score off him. His nagging accuracy and skill really helps me and I think we complement each other very well."

Having rattled both Australia's and England's batsmen during the MCC's Spirit of Cricket Series, Amir said Australia are marginally ahead of England in the batting department.

"The Australian batting line-up is a really powerful one and I would say marginally stronger than England's batting line-up when we are comparing them on all types of pitches and conditions. That is not meant in a disrespectful way towards the England team, but it's just that the Australian line-up is such a renowned, powerful and experienced line-up. The England batting line-up though is really powerful in home conditions and is used to playing on seaming and swinging conditions.

Both of our opponents this summer are very difficult to beat in their home conditions and it's been a complete and thorough test for us."

Amir's figures of 5 for 52 in England's second innings are the best of his short career so far and he credited former Pakistan fast bowlers Waqar Younis, the current team coach, and Aaqib Javed, the current bowling coach, with helping him improve.

"Both Waqar and Aaqib have really helped me improve as a bowler. They guide me quite literally session by session. They will sit down and talk to me at the end of each session when I have been bowling and explain to me what I did well and what I didn't do well in the completed session of cricket. In addition they will talk to me about the upcoming session and what is required of me. They are of great help to me and I believe that I can only improve as a bowler with guys like Waqar and Aaqib around me."

Amir, who has been drawing favourable comparisons to another Pakistan left-armer, Wasim Akram, doesn't seem to be affected by the acclaim he has been attracting, saying all he plans to do is stick to the basics and not get carried away.

"I don't want to over experiment and prefer to stick to the basics. I feel that if I try too many different things and experiment too much, then that affects the quality of my cricket. My philosophy is to keep it simple and stick to the basics instead of trying to be too clever."

One thing he does have to work on is getting closer to the stumps when he bowls.

"Waqar has told me that I need to get closer to the stumps when I am bowling. We have been working on this issue in the nets and in practice situations. In practice I do get close to the stumps, but I have to be honest, in match situations sometimes I overlook this. I'm sure with further experience this is something I can address."

He is also careful to keep a level head and not let an opponent's reputation unsettle or intimidate him. "I feel it's important not to get overawed even as a youngster and let the opposition attempt to intimidate you. I have come up against some of the world's biggest names in cricket and I don't feel intimidated by them."

Given that the issue of teams playing too much cricket is a hot topic these days, there have been calls from former Pakistan players to manage Amir's workload, even suggesting he should sit out a few games from time to time. Amir, however, wants to play as much cricket as he can.

"The more cricket I play, the more I learn; the more experience I gain and ultimately that improves my game. If I feel I am bowling well, feeling fit and in good rhythm then I don't want to miss any matches, as that will affect my rhythm in the next match that I will play in."

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  • on August 27, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    I hope Pakistan would develop Amair to the level Wasim and Waqar were.....unlike the Rawalpindi Express..who came....rose...and fell on his face..

  • Bashchim on August 23, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    @irfanwasim....Irfan,I agree with the very first comment of yours....its a bit too early to compare him with all time greatest fast bowlers of the world...but he certainly looks promising and looking at his age and the fact that he is a fast learner,he can be one of those greats 3-4 years down the road,provided he stays fit and does,nt get compalcent with all this early success and huge praise. You are right, Viru and raina are literally the devastators of fast bowling on their day,but,they do require a flat track for that to be accomplished.Having said that,I have profound respect for the talents that these two batsmen possess. Cricket is a passion in India and pakistan and thats why we keep on seeing fantastic talent being fed into these two great sides.However,the difference between the two sides is hardly noticeable as both teams are highly competent,specially while playing against each other.Bottom line is that cricket is a funny game and a lot depends on luck too!!!!

  • nivek123 on August 23, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    I really don't think Pakistan should be proud of the pitches they make in Pakistan. I remember the last test in pakistan against Sri Lanka in which Younis got a triple century and two Sri Lankan batsmen got double centuries. That series was a bigger runfest than any in India. Even the Indian tours to pakistan in the last few years were run filled snorefests. So while you guys can be proud about your win, don't start talking about pitches when you guys make the same. Guys like irfanwasim are just degrading Indians here, its becoming embarrassing. @Khalid Khan. LOL at your ignorance. In the last 3 years, India have won series in West Indies, New Zealand, England,Pakistan and tests in Australia and South Africa. And your argument about Sachin is just lame. Try checking his stats, Its among the best out there. Try to grow up before making ignorant comments. Anyway congrats to the Pakistan team. Cheers.

  • on August 23, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Amir and Asif are the best fast bowlers now. Please Stop bashing each other.

  • on August 23, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    @irfanwasim just pick up the record between pakistan and india and then decide which one is a club team \, pakistan or india. india win at home most of the time and also the sachin tendulkar is good at home while miserably failed offshore, glen mc grath out him always in the slip while shoib akhtar make him bowled (eden garden) while sourav ganguly flat on the ground. about the runs of pakistan, they also bowled out australia on 88, and also just refer to the yesteday example of india vs sri lanka, india all out 114. about the poverty of muhammad aamir, just visit the suburbs of bombay and see for yourslef the poverty of your country. pakistanis are well off then indians.indian players if you seen in the tv commercials, didnt look like heroes, just they want money.

  • on August 23, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    Pakistan Is My love, Pakistan Is the Best.. We just need Patience people!,as everything comes from Patience! No matter We loose,but with fighting,WE Win With our level best, it all related from Patience.. Pakistan on the whole Is struggling,But One Day Of Brightness will coe in Everything Of Pakistan.and that would be Forever..ameen! Our Country and team and all Pakistani's Are under Test By God. And You shut up Indians, You Better should be.. They Say That Every Dog Is the lion of his Home,same is With U, You just know How to Play Ipl..Look at Ur team first,they are struggling, they got bowled out for scores like 88 and 103.. Your Test team might be at the top, but look at the records,you won almost or mostly at ur home.. And Ur Pitches are Flat, Dead man! Even Icc Banned one of ur Stadium And Indians it ur bloody bookies who are doing this around the world,The case With Hansi Crowne Is the biggest Example.. who was the bookie, It was an Indian.

  • anserazim on August 23, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Guys this should not be place to fight. Irfans comments are full of ignorance. Both India and Pakistan play good cricket and bring joy to the people of their country. But the fact is India and Pakistan both house 1 billion and 180 million people respectively and our records have been poor against Australia, England and SA . Australia is a nation of 22 million people only and they have the pride of producing the best cricketers since I started following the game. In recent years India has produced quality batsmen and Pakistan has produced quality fast bowlers but was that enough to achieve the greatness. I do not think so.. Let their be organized and well coached cricket in both countries and that will help the sport.. not these emotional verbal exchanges... India in my opinion has nowadays better resources than Pakistan and that might help their cricket but still they have miles to go... On the other hand I pray the best for Pakistan cricket for what we have seen in 2 years

  • Q72941 on August 22, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Amir is like a breath of fresh air that was long needed not only in Pak Cricket but Internationally.

    I hope ICC take a note & eradicate all the feather beds as they are the ingredient for disaster for Test Cricket.

    This last test match b/w Pak vs Eng is a clear testament of how invigorating a Test match could be.

    We need bowlers like Steyn, Amir along with a pitch that is sporting so the batsmen are made to work & earn their runs as we all are tired of witnessing a slog-fest way too often.

    My biggest wish is, may God (as can not be expected from people there) install some professionals in PCB otherwise the great prospects PAK produces every once so often will be lost to oblivion like so many times before.

  • on August 22, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    at present,he is the best bowler in the world along with mohd asif....

  • Cricket_loverzz on August 22, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    @Irfan wasim ..... hey hey boy stop dreaming, Talking abt india and sehwag/Raina ? Lemme awake u ! Forget Asif and Aamer, Recently India bowled out for 88! against Kiwis attack and lose by 200 runs (Including sehwag/raina) ! LOL Yesterday India bowled out for 103 runs against Lankans and lost under 15 overs ! LOL Open ur eyes and read PERERA got 5 wickets against ur sehwag and raina ! LOLLL Zimbabue hav beaten team india 2 times in a row (including raina/sehwag) LOL !! Man i hav a gr8 respect for sachin and dravid but if u doing ridiculous comparison then face the facts !

  • on August 27, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    I hope Pakistan would develop Amair to the level Wasim and Waqar were.....unlike the Rawalpindi Express..who came....rose...and fell on his face..

  • Bashchim on August 23, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    @irfanwasim....Irfan,I agree with the very first comment of yours....its a bit too early to compare him with all time greatest fast bowlers of the world...but he certainly looks promising and looking at his age and the fact that he is a fast learner,he can be one of those greats 3-4 years down the road,provided he stays fit and does,nt get compalcent with all this early success and huge praise. You are right, Viru and raina are literally the devastators of fast bowling on their day,but,they do require a flat track for that to be accomplished.Having said that,I have profound respect for the talents that these two batsmen possess. Cricket is a passion in India and pakistan and thats why we keep on seeing fantastic talent being fed into these two great sides.However,the difference between the two sides is hardly noticeable as both teams are highly competent,specially while playing against each other.Bottom line is that cricket is a funny game and a lot depends on luck too!!!!

  • nivek123 on August 23, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    I really don't think Pakistan should be proud of the pitches they make in Pakistan. I remember the last test in pakistan against Sri Lanka in which Younis got a triple century and two Sri Lankan batsmen got double centuries. That series was a bigger runfest than any in India. Even the Indian tours to pakistan in the last few years were run filled snorefests. So while you guys can be proud about your win, don't start talking about pitches when you guys make the same. Guys like irfanwasim are just degrading Indians here, its becoming embarrassing. @Khalid Khan. LOL at your ignorance. In the last 3 years, India have won series in West Indies, New Zealand, England,Pakistan and tests in Australia and South Africa. And your argument about Sachin is just lame. Try checking his stats, Its among the best out there. Try to grow up before making ignorant comments. Anyway congrats to the Pakistan team. Cheers.

  • on August 23, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Amir and Asif are the best fast bowlers now. Please Stop bashing each other.

  • on August 23, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    @irfanwasim just pick up the record between pakistan and india and then decide which one is a club team \, pakistan or india. india win at home most of the time and also the sachin tendulkar is good at home while miserably failed offshore, glen mc grath out him always in the slip while shoib akhtar make him bowled (eden garden) while sourav ganguly flat on the ground. about the runs of pakistan, they also bowled out australia on 88, and also just refer to the yesteday example of india vs sri lanka, india all out 114. about the poverty of muhammad aamir, just visit the suburbs of bombay and see for yourslef the poverty of your country. pakistanis are well off then indians.indian players if you seen in the tv commercials, didnt look like heroes, just they want money.

  • on August 23, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    Pakistan Is My love, Pakistan Is the Best.. We just need Patience people!,as everything comes from Patience! No matter We loose,but with fighting,WE Win With our level best, it all related from Patience.. Pakistan on the whole Is struggling,But One Day Of Brightness will coe in Everything Of Pakistan.and that would be Forever..ameen! Our Country and team and all Pakistani's Are under Test By God. And You shut up Indians, You Better should be.. They Say That Every Dog Is the lion of his Home,same is With U, You just know How to Play Ipl..Look at Ur team first,they are struggling, they got bowled out for scores like 88 and 103.. Your Test team might be at the top, but look at the records,you won almost or mostly at ur home.. And Ur Pitches are Flat, Dead man! Even Icc Banned one of ur Stadium And Indians it ur bloody bookies who are doing this around the world,The case With Hansi Crowne Is the biggest Example.. who was the bookie, It was an Indian.

  • anserazim on August 23, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Guys this should not be place to fight. Irfans comments are full of ignorance. Both India and Pakistan play good cricket and bring joy to the people of their country. But the fact is India and Pakistan both house 1 billion and 180 million people respectively and our records have been poor against Australia, England and SA . Australia is a nation of 22 million people only and they have the pride of producing the best cricketers since I started following the game. In recent years India has produced quality batsmen and Pakistan has produced quality fast bowlers but was that enough to achieve the greatness. I do not think so.. Let their be organized and well coached cricket in both countries and that will help the sport.. not these emotional verbal exchanges... India in my opinion has nowadays better resources than Pakistan and that might help their cricket but still they have miles to go... On the other hand I pray the best for Pakistan cricket for what we have seen in 2 years

  • Q72941 on August 22, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Amir is like a breath of fresh air that was long needed not only in Pak Cricket but Internationally.

    I hope ICC take a note & eradicate all the feather beds as they are the ingredient for disaster for Test Cricket.

    This last test match b/w Pak vs Eng is a clear testament of how invigorating a Test match could be.

    We need bowlers like Steyn, Amir along with a pitch that is sporting so the batsmen are made to work & earn their runs as we all are tired of witnessing a slog-fest way too often.

    My biggest wish is, may God (as can not be expected from people there) install some professionals in PCB otherwise the great prospects PAK produces every once so often will be lost to oblivion like so many times before.

  • on August 22, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    at present,he is the best bowler in the world along with mohd asif....

  • Cricket_loverzz on August 22, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    @Irfan wasim ..... hey hey boy stop dreaming, Talking abt india and sehwag/Raina ? Lemme awake u ! Forget Asif and Aamer, Recently India bowled out for 88! against Kiwis attack and lose by 200 runs (Including sehwag/raina) ! LOL Yesterday India bowled out for 103 runs against Lankans and lost under 15 overs ! LOL Open ur eyes and read PERERA got 5 wickets against ur sehwag and raina ! LOLLL Zimbabue hav beaten team india 2 times in a row (including raina/sehwag) LOL !! Man i hav a gr8 respect for sachin and dravid but if u doing ridiculous comparison then face the facts !

  • on August 22, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    @ irfanwasim: It seems to be a frequently recurring fluke, no?

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 22, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    Wow! Just look at the comments and see how it is finally turned to INDIA vs PAK bashing.AMIR is an exciting player and is JUST 18 .So let him play for atleast 10 years and see if he can be as consistent as Akram.To become a great player he has to be disciplined an dhumble. I hope he won't become another Akhtar. Oh and please don't join IPL. It is for crciekters like ravinder jadeja, Joginder sharma etc

  • on August 22, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    @irfanwasim, i know why you are jealous irfan because you dont have a fast bowlers of real strenght , your bowlers like irfan pathan and ishant sharma are under the table now. i feel pity for you and for your comments about Pakistani team. you said that pakistani team bowled out on 80 runsu , then what u will say for your lovely team india who bowled out on 88 by Kiwis on a dead track. your team is home lion only, see your record outside india and see Pakistan's record outside Pakistan then compare and remember we are playing all matches outside Pakistan now so that record is not same as it was before 2007. so baby stop watching Indian news channels who grow narrow minds like yours and compare neutrally. Amir was best even before he played a 2009's practice game against india. so you stick with your team and we shall prove the metal of Pak. dont worry it is just a bad patch on our country and team n we shall recover from it. Insha Allah.

  • on August 22, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    @irfanwasim.....okay i agree Pakistan bowled out for 72 and 88 but kido you are saying that your club team can even beat pakistan haha give me a break you are right because the way these days indians are playing these days you better don't bother to watch them because if i remember today was 103 and against NewzeaLand 88 tch tch pity...Anyways enjoy your club game cricket :)

    Apart from that Pakistan played and Amir is getting better day by day series will 2-2

  • AhmadSaleem on August 22, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    @ irfanwasim .Why did not you send a club team to SL from bombay then. Indians are having a miserable time there. I hope they would have played better than pathetic Sharma, Raina, Yuvi, Jadeja, Kohli, Tiwary, Nehra, Kumar, Ishant and Karthik. Better shut your mouth up now.

  • usmankhan001 on August 22, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    @irfanwasim .. lolz u dont have a cricketing knowledge man just see the records and see where india stands against pak and also see the results of last 10 or 15 or whtever u want and then say.. and we saw the indian talent in ipl all bunch of avr plyrs .. kist to lanka on flat tracks and now bwld out for 80 and today again for 103 lolz what a btting line up ..

  • Cric_123 on August 22, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    @IrfanWasim...Let Sehwag and Raina handle Srilankan bowlers first.. Dude, do u agree that they were pathetic today?

  • ManHOOS on August 22, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    irfanwasim come to europe i have a job for u u can earn better than ur indian rupaya n if u need donation to ur fellows hindustan is full of bhook ghurbat we can donate euros to them also THE JOB OFFER IS there is a big beach in barclona the water comes out everytime with waves u just need a wiper put that water back =)

  • ManHOOS on August 22, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    irfan wasim is like lalit modi guyzz u know wat i mean VERY SIMPLE

  • on August 22, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Lols...Why do you have to bring in India unnecessarily? Since you have...If the English and the Ozzies could not handle Amir and Co. can you imagine India playing Pakistan in England? hahaha! dude...Pak will scrap to 150 and get rid of India twice within that score! Blah...

    Topic was about Amir...Yes, He does seem to have what it takes to be a great bowler.

  • irfanwasim on August 22, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    I am surprised to see the comments made by pakistani fans for the small win and you will loose the series by 3-1. I think its quite natural you win once in a blue moon and dont compare with india. our club teams of bombay can beat pakistan. Anyway you had a very disasterous tour makings runs like 72, 80, 85. This win came by fluke because of first days condition. Pakistan is not capable to beat even zimbabwe. Shame to all.

  • kulkarni007 on August 22, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Well done to pakistan, hopefully this victory will transform this team.

  • on August 22, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    @ ejsiddiqui: Agree I don't think Aamer should play the T20 and ODI series. Or if he does, he should play only a couple of games. We have great limited over bowlers, we need to give Aamer a rest. He has played 5 straight Tests games in just over 30 days. This is a testament to his and Asif's fitness. Most Pakistani bowlers, historically, would have broken down by now.

  • on August 22, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    @ irfanwasim: LOL!!! Poverty? He is a Pakistani 18 year old left arm fast bowler, who won the World Cup.... any idea how marketable that is? He already has endorsement deals worth millions, the PCB manager should make sure he saves up so he remains financially secure and keep a safe guard on his earnings, they already give him a bonus per wicket. The only thing that can induce him to chase an IPL contract would be greed.

  • on August 22, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    @ irfanwasim: Depends on where Sehwag and Raina play him.. on dead pitches, they can beat up the best bowlers who have ever played cricket... on a pitch that has even the slightest bit of seam, bounce and pace, they won't survive Asif's opening over. Praising guys like Sehwag and Raina combined with T20, these things will hurt Indian batting youth. A thousand fold better thing to see would be Aamer playing Dravid and Tendulkar on green pitch but that will never happen as they are both 37 and have at most 2 years to go.

  • on August 22, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    @Irfan Rainy, Pakistan's best looking fielder from what I've seen in the last 12 or so months has been Umar Akmal, he's hardly dropped a catch and seems to pull off blinders - he puts his brother to shame in some respects with this, not just with his batting. Haven't seen much of his throwing at the stumps yet though, so he hasn't shown anything there, but seriously, with 9 catches going through to Kamran due to the brilliance of their bowling, how can you expect Pakistan's fielders to show much of anything?

    All in all though, Mohammad Amir looks simply brilliant at the moment. Irfanwasim, really? You can't praise him yet? After the way he has consistently troubled Australia and England? Look at the batsmen he dismissed on test debut, they were hardly B-grade batsmen. No offense buddy, but India won't hold water to his bowling right now, you are relying far too heavily on Sehwag, and Suresh Raina has been the only new-ish player that looks to be international grade for India lately.

  • irfanwasim on August 22, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    why u all guys are deciding on Amirs behalf of not playing in IPL. Poverty will motivate him to join IPL or other tournaments. No team is visiting ur country because of your generous welcome. Then from where these players earn money.

  • anwaralam on August 22, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Mohammad Amir is showing signs of developing into a good fast bowler and could bring Pakistan laurels. I think he is too naive to say that he will play cricket as much he can without understanding the problems associated with too much cricket. He should play only test cricket so that he can serve his nation for a long time. The PCB and the the team management should handle him care and allow him go under risks. Good luck to him.

  • ejsiddiqui on August 22, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    There is no doubt that Aamir is our premier bowler along with Asif and Ajmal. But there is too much work load on him. the team management should find ways to preserve him to avoid injuries.

  • on August 22, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    @ Desihungama: Why would you encourage Aamer to join the IPL when there are rumors of match fixing growing about it? No one wants Aamer involved with bookies. Remember even after so many years Wasim Akram cannot coach the Pakistani team even though he is the most skilled bowler ever to play the game, much more skilled than Waqar, because of his involvement with bookies. Aamer said that the top priority for him was playing Test cricket and that is how it should stay, it is the PCB's responsibility to make sure he is financially secure enough to choose not to play. If he does indeed play in the IPL he should play after 5 or 6 year when he is more disciplined. His mother should get him engaged so he doesn't take the Akhtar road.

  • on August 22, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    he is improving every day his bowling average in test is getting better with every match ........ i hope he remain fit for a lo0ng long time to serve pakistan i love his attitude getting the wickets of strauss 4 time and making shane watson and ricky ponting think of him is such a classy act..... best ofluck AaMiR.

  • avmd on August 22, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    I hope he won't sign and play in IPL, or I hope IPL owners keep "ignoring" Pakistani cricketers and Aamir will make his first and the only priority to play for the national team. We all want a plonged international career for this most exciting talent to emerge in years. IPL or other stupid tournaments like this is the last thing Aamir needs to play in. There is already a big concern about his work load at this young age. Money is important but hopefully he will be well taken care of, even without IPL.

  • AhmadSaleem on August 22, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    @irfanwasim They cant even handle perera, how could they handle against Aamer. I want to see him bowling against Tendulkar and Dravid though. Last time, he got rid of Sachin very early in his innings. It will be intriguing to watch him bowl again against Sachin

  • Desihungama on August 22, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Mohammed Aamir! Do not sign an IPL deal less than a million dollars. You deserve every penny of it. Good luck young man for future endeavors.

  • irfanwasim on August 22, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Its too early to praise Amir and compare him with the great bowlers. We will be intrested to see Amir bowling to Sehwag and Raina.

  • on August 22, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    It says something about his skill, also says a lot about international cricket, that at just 18 Aamer is already one of the best pace bowlers in the world and probably the second best in the Pakistani team. He is only going to get better and better, in 4-5 years, if he avoids injuries and other controversies like drugs, he will be the best.

  • Woody111 on August 22, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    This guy is the most exciting bowler around at the moment = and he just may turn into one of the greatest. Who knows what will befall Amir? Let's all just hope his back and shoulders stay ok and he keeps throwing grenades at batsmen. Anyone who watches cricket and have watched this guy for a few spells could tell he can bowl like very few others. Good luck Pakistan and Amir; great tour of England regardless what happens at Lords!

  • SONIAAFZAL on August 22, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    This 2 A's (AMIR & ASIF)are the best bowling pair in the world right now & they reminds me of my al time favorite pair 2 w's (the great WASIM & WAQAR) but i think its too early to compare them with 2 greats because u never know whats gona happen tomorow but 1 thing is for sure is that there is no other bowler like AMIR with so much technique n talent even thoug hes only 18.he stil has a long career, if he can maintain his fitnes & form & performs wel den u never know 1 day this kid wil break al the bowling records & wil become a legend.i hope he doesn face any injuries or problems in the remainin of his career and also i pray to GOD dat PCB,POLITICS & SOME OTHER BUNCH OF JOKERS dont destroy him like dey did to SHOAIB AKHTAR n others.WAQAR U R A LEGEND keep it up& GET THIS SO CALED ENGLISH BATTING LINE UP DESTROYED remember when U & WASIM reverse swing the bal they had no clue about dat& charged U & WASIM for bal temparing NOW WHEN THEY LEARND n bowling this in evry match its an ART..

  • angel_guy on August 22, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    What i like about Amir is that his temperament..The way he thinks is remarkable.. in the last series against aussies he bowled a slower one to get rid of HUSSEY, in this oval test, he bowled from other side of the wicket , to create that angle of uncertainty to get rid of the English batsmen..He is a thinking bowler..I would also like to mention Asif's contribution to pakistan and Amir's bowling success in the tests.. i think having a great partner as Asif really helps in bowling good..AMIR and ASIF are one of the best opening bowlers, if not THE BEST these days.. best of luck to you guys..

  • on August 22, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    OHHHHHHHHHH Pakistan always breeds special talent in cricket. If only it understood the meaning of 'professionalism in sport' it would be the best in the world. When Pakistan produces athletes/ thinkers who play cricket and has a solid infrastructure running it without any governmental interference etc they would be truly incredible. We never produce Jonty Rhodes type fielders or Mark Waugh type slip fielders etc. I have never seen a Pakistani cricket team that is athletic ;let's hope AMIR can become one very soon. :)

  • on August 22, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan... but i really really love to see Amir playing cricket... and i want him to play till his 35th year old... weldone Amir boy... ur great youngster ...

  • Shah-Ji on August 22, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Asif/Amir makes a very good due, Add a tearaway express pacer Shaoib/Sami make it dreadful trio. Bring Umar Gul as an allrounder at No 6 or 7.

    and then Go For ......................

  • on August 22, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Well said Shah, I am also a fan of great Wasim Akram. When he retired , I thought we will not stronger again in the fast bowling department. But, this fellow (Aamir) proves me wrong and we got Wasim back. :) Carry on Aamir. We all country fellow loves you and pray for you people .

  • Stromeon on August 22, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Well done Aamer on a match winning performance (I am English). I think Aamer will become one of the great bowlers, he is only 18 at the moment. We are still thinking of Broad and Finn as the next big thing, yet Aamer is 6 years younger than Broad and 3 years younger than Finn. Good luck in the future, you are a special talent which is just what the game needs (especially a bowler)

  • shafi000 on August 22, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    he is a young wasim akram for pakistan .gud luck for u future aamir

  • on August 22, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    I totally agree with Aamer, Pressure is somthing what you carry on your self for no reason, if you relax and batt or bowl, you will be able to show your natural game.

  • on August 22, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    well done Amir, hopefully you are going to replace the great WASIM. Well their is alot of difference between Asif ans the great WAQAR but I think he is going to join you as Waqar. I know it is tooo early to say but I hope you break the record of McGrath's test wickets (who has 563 wickets in 124 test).

  • Shoaib-Naveed on August 22, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    This guy is heading for nothing but greatness, watching Amir evolve into the premier fast bowler of our generation is going to be be a real treat and privilege for all cricket fans out there. I hope he has good body trainers working with him through out his career because injury is the only thing that can come in the way of this man given his ability, maturity, temperament and most of all love for the game. Have had the pleasure of talking to him as well and he is very down to earth and knows what he is doing, certainly not an 18 year old when it comes to thinking as a bowler

  • on August 22, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    There is no doubt, he is future of fast bowling, best fast bowler along with Dale Styen & Mohammad Asif.

  • ohyesilikeit on August 22, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Well, I think at the age of jst 18!! he is just a remarkable find for the pakistan cricket,lets hope he is not distructed as the other gr8s in pakistan cricket!!! & PLEASE!!! IT IS SO EARLY TO COMPARE HIM WITH THE GREAT W(WASIM AKRAM)but still if he continues to bowl like this, he's gonna threaten the best of the best batsmen in the world.

  • on August 22, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    you are our HERO ..Keep shining ...May Allah bless u Amir :)

  • RajINDIANhurrey on August 22, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Well done Amir................. u proved u r a match winner..... My suggestion is to concentrate on cricket rather den dressing rum politics.... which is worst in pakistan

  • Nabeell on August 22, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Thats how Test Cricket helps you grow, Pak was out of Test Arena & hardly played test matches in 2008, but now once there have been test matches in their calender its good to see new talent coming up with improvements in their technique.

  • smalishah84 on August 22, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Well done Amir. I just hope that the success does not get to your head. You remind me of my favorite ever cricketer (Wasim Akram). I hope you get to be better (or at least as good as him). It indeed is a treat to watch you. Cricket for me has not been the same since Wasim Akram retired. I hope you can bring that spark back. Best of Luck.

  • Shafaaqat on August 22, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Greatest of the current lot of fast bowlers across the world. Great cricketing mind and quite reightly being compared to Waseem Akram although like he said himseld, he should just stick to the basics, all the fame would come itself. Liked the way he praised Asif and really love the way they compliment each other. Greatest pair of new ball bowlers in the current era. Can't wait to see them both bowling against good batting lineup of India and South Africa. Well done aamir, god bless you!

  • on August 22, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Aamir is a great asset for Pakistan. he should be used very carefully as playing all formats of cricket and also playing each and every game could lead to injuries which Pakistan team cannot afford at the moment as world cup is coming closer and closer and Aamir services will be vital if Pakistan want to succeed in the mega event.

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  • on August 22, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Aamir is a great asset for Pakistan. he should be used very carefully as playing all formats of cricket and also playing each and every game could lead to injuries which Pakistan team cannot afford at the moment as world cup is coming closer and closer and Aamir services will be vital if Pakistan want to succeed in the mega event.

  • Shafaaqat on August 22, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Greatest of the current lot of fast bowlers across the world. Great cricketing mind and quite reightly being compared to Waseem Akram although like he said himseld, he should just stick to the basics, all the fame would come itself. Liked the way he praised Asif and really love the way they compliment each other. Greatest pair of new ball bowlers in the current era. Can't wait to see them both bowling against good batting lineup of India and South Africa. Well done aamir, god bless you!

  • smalishah84 on August 22, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Well done Amir. I just hope that the success does not get to your head. You remind me of my favorite ever cricketer (Wasim Akram). I hope you get to be better (or at least as good as him). It indeed is a treat to watch you. Cricket for me has not been the same since Wasim Akram retired. I hope you can bring that spark back. Best of Luck.

  • Nabeell on August 22, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Thats how Test Cricket helps you grow, Pak was out of Test Arena & hardly played test matches in 2008, but now once there have been test matches in their calender its good to see new talent coming up with improvements in their technique.

  • RajINDIANhurrey on August 22, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Well done Amir................. u proved u r a match winner..... My suggestion is to concentrate on cricket rather den dressing rum politics.... which is worst in pakistan

  • on August 22, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    you are our HERO ..Keep shining ...May Allah bless u Amir :)

  • ohyesilikeit on August 22, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Well, I think at the age of jst 18!! he is just a remarkable find for the pakistan cricket,lets hope he is not distructed as the other gr8s in pakistan cricket!!! & PLEASE!!! IT IS SO EARLY TO COMPARE HIM WITH THE GREAT W(WASIM AKRAM)but still if he continues to bowl like this, he's gonna threaten the best of the best batsmen in the world.

  • on August 22, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    There is no doubt, he is future of fast bowling, best fast bowler along with Dale Styen & Mohammad Asif.

  • Shoaib-Naveed on August 22, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    This guy is heading for nothing but greatness, watching Amir evolve into the premier fast bowler of our generation is going to be be a real treat and privilege for all cricket fans out there. I hope he has good body trainers working with him through out his career because injury is the only thing that can come in the way of this man given his ability, maturity, temperament and most of all love for the game. Have had the pleasure of talking to him as well and he is very down to earth and knows what he is doing, certainly not an 18 year old when it comes to thinking as a bowler

  • on August 22, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    well done Amir, hopefully you are going to replace the great WASIM. Well their is alot of difference between Asif ans the great WAQAR but I think he is going to join you as Waqar. I know it is tooo early to say but I hope you break the record of McGrath's test wickets (who has 563 wickets in 124 test).