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Mohammad Amir Replies to Rohit Sharma's "Overhyped" Jibe

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 30, 2017, 5:29 PM IST
Mohammad Amir Replies to Rohit Sharma's

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Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir heaped praise on rival Rohit Sharma and said that "maybe his opinion about me has changed" after the Indian opener labelled the Pakistan bowler as overhyped and "just a normal bowler" last year.

Rohit was one of Amir's three wickets in the opening spell that guided Pakistan to victory over favourites India in the Champions Trophy final in June.

It came a little more than a year after Rohit created controversy when he talked about the left-arm bowler, who had dismissed the Indian opener in a similarly impressive three-wicket burst at the T20 Asia Cup.

"Stop talking about him already," Rohit had said at the time. "He isn't the only bowler, Pakistan have five other bowlers who are doing well for them.

"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."

Amir, when asked this week if taking Rohit's wicket in the Champions Trophy final had given him extra joy, said he was not concerned about Rohit's opinion.

"That was his opinion about me and he is entitled to that opinion," Amir told Sky Sports.

"Maybe his opinion about me has now changed. "But let's get one thing clear, I would never call him an ordinary batsman. 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.

"It's not my concern at all and I just concentrate on my performances and what I am doing for my team. If I worried about other people's opinions of me that would just cause me stress and that is why I avoid it. "Everyone is entitled to their opinion, whether it's labelling a cricketer world-class or ordinary; it is up to that individual."
First Published: July 30, 2017, 5:29 PM IST

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