Pakistan’s left-arm fast-bowler Muhammad Amir could have been the find of the century for his country if only after a short stint in the international arena, he would not have surrendered himself to the treacherous world of fixing.
The world will always remember the 2010 Lord’s Test captain Salman Butt for being the leader of the trio in the spot-fixing scandal but also no one will ever forgive him for what he deprived Pakistan of – a bowler like Amir.
Amir has been allowed to play cricket after serving a five-year ban alongside Butt and Muhammad Asif and his return, his first legal ball, made everyone remember what he was known for. A delivery that swung in, and then, after kissing the turf, dislodged the off-stump’s bail leaving the batsmen less in woe and more in awe. Before that he bowled a wide and it seemed like the two balls had told the tale of his comeback.
He had been wrong, but he was adamant to turn everything right. Unlike Butt who relied on pleading, Amir knew the only thing that could help him earn his respect back was the Kookabura in his hands and the strength of mind and body.
In this video, Amir’s boasts his prime. Last over to bowl and a team none other than Australia batting in one of the group matches of the 2010 World Twenty20, one would always expect a boundary or a maximum or at least quick singles but they unluckily miscalculated the talent of this ever-so-reliable bowler.
The screen at the end of that over would display figures that were and still are not imaginable in the last over – WWWW0W. Pakistan lost that match but the word out there after the match for Amir was literally what the screen said, WOW!