Mohammad Amir’s Rise from the Ashes

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The left-arm fast bowler would have never dreamt of playing a big final for his country again after being involved in heinous spot fixing saga that saw him receive a five-year ban from the game.

Amir was first spotted in a camp organized by Pakistan Cricket Board by legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram, who saw the young boy had the potential to be a good bowler at the international level. The left-arm pace bowler certainly proved everyone right when he set the world alight in 2009 T20 World Cup played in England. He was raw and breezy at the crease and consistently bowled at around 140 Kph.

He shows signs of mental strength as he produced excellent spells against South Africa in semis to see Pakistan eke out a seven-run at Trent Bridge. He also dismissed inform Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan in the finals of 2009 T20 World Cup played at Lords to set the tone for Pakistan maiden title win in the format.

Amir quickly found his place in the test and one day lineups and was the first choice in the side besides Shoaib Akthar and Mohammad Asif. He certainly showcased impressive skills with the ball on the tour of England. He produced a splendid spell of bowling against Australia at Boxing Day Test at Melbourne to bag his maiden five-wicket haul. But then came a big moment in his career, he produced best spell in Test cricket against England at Lords only to be called a culprit involved in spot fixing the very next day.

Amir one bad step saw his cricketing career in ruins as was the case for then Pakistan Captain Salman Butt and pace sensation Mohammad Amir. He did cooperate with the Anti-Corruption Unit and also is the leading voice to eliminate match fixing from the game. He publicly apologized in front of cameras for his actions and he stated he would set things right if given another chance to play for Pakistan.

That moment arrived but with a lot of controversy as senior players like Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali showed their anger and skepticism on the inclusion of a player who had tarnished the image of Pakistan cricket.

Amir arrived at the international stage for T20 series in New Zealand. He bowled well but shows signs of rustiness after being out of action for almost five years. The first signs of Amir weaving his magic with the ball came against arch-rivals India in a T20 game played in Asia Cup 2016. He bowled searing yorker to dismiss Rohit Sharma and then bowled a jaffa to get rid of Ajinkya Rahane. He picked three wickets as India escaped with a win in a low-scoring affair at Dhaka.

Amir did not do much with the ball in 2016 T20 World Cup played in India. He continued to be impressive for Pakistan across all three formats. He was instrumental in Pakistan leveling their series in England. He took six wickets against West Indies to see Pakistan go on to win their first series in the Caribbean.

His moment of redemption arrived in England in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. He bowled well in the round-robin games against India and South Africa without any luck in the wickets column.

The big moment for Mohammad Amir arrived as Pakistan played India in the finals of Champions Trophy at the Kia Oval. Indian side was already under a lot of pressure being set 339 runs to win the title.

Mohammad Amir produced a classic inswing delivery to get rid of Rohit Sharma who was in-form batsman for India in the competition. He then set his eyes on Indian Captain Virat Kohli who was crucial for India in such big game. He first edged a delivery outside the off-stump to see Azhar Ali drop a sitter at first slip. But that was not the end as he produced another good delivery to see Shadab Khan take a clean to see Kohli dismissed for a low score. Amir knocked India out of the game when he dismissed Shikhar Dhawan to re-establish his credentials at the international stage.

The left-arm quick truly deserved this moment as he had been through a lot in this period. His moment of redemption could not have arrived at a better time or against a better team in the finals of ICC global event.

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