London: Mohammad Amir has responded to Rohit Sharma’s statement after being labelled as an “overhyped” bowler by the Indian batsman. The Pakistani speedster has heaped praise on Rohit Sharma, stating that the Indian cricketer’s opinion about him may have changed now.
In an interview with Sky Sports, the Pakistani pacer said he is not bothered by what others say. “It’s not my concern at all and I just concentrate on my performances and what I am doing for my team. If I (am) worried about other people’s opinions of me, that would just cause me stress and that is why I avoid it,” Amir said.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion, whether it’s labelling a cricketer world-class or ordinary; it is up to that individual. That was his opinion about me and he is entitled to that opinion. Maybe his opinion about me has now changed. But let’s get one thing clear, I would never call him an ordinary batsman,” added Amir.
“In fact, I would call him an extraordinary batsman. His record for India is superb and I respect him. His opinions about other cricketers are up to him, but with all due respect I never worry about what other cricketers have to say about me.”
Amir displayed his quality in the ICC Champions Trophy final against India, bowling a fiery spell that rattled India’s top three of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.
However, back in 2016, during the Asia Cup, Rohit wasn’t impressed by the attention the Pakistani seamer received.
“There is just so much hype around him, I don’t think it is right to give him too much hype after one match. He is good but he needs to prove it over and over again. Now people are comparing him to Wasim Akram and all that. He is just a normal bowler, on that given day if he is good, he is good. It is not as if he turns up and blows everyone away,” the Indian batsman said.
“Stop talking about him already. He isn’t the only bowler, Pakistan have five other bowlers who are doing well for them.”...