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24 Jun 2017

Could Mohammad Amir become the next 'Wasim Akram'?

Mohammad Amir- Pakistan's next best?

Mohammad Amir was a nightmare for the Indian team in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Since making his debut as a 17-year old for Pakistan's international team, he has been one of the most lethal pace bowlers in the world.

Let us have a look at his journey and see if he could be the next best pacer from Pakistan.

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Mohammad Amir- Pakistan's next best?

Who is Mohammad Amir?

Mohammad Amir is a swing fast bowler from Pakistan, who made his debut in 2009. However, just two years later, he was banned for five years by the ICC for spot fixing. He returned to the team in 2016.

Amir's numbers till now

2009-2016

Amir's numbers till now

Since his debut, Amir has picked up 94 wickets from 53 test matches, 55 wickets in 36 ODI matches and 34 wickets in 31 T20 internationals.

During the 2010 ICC World T20, he set up a record by picking up five wickets in one over against Australia. Three wickets were in his name, while the other two were run-outs.

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Similarities with Akram

Ability to swing both ways

Mohammad Amir was a find of Wasim Akram in 2007 and has very similar bowling style like the legend himself.

Amir can swing the bowl both ways, has a nip and an ability to bowl longer spells without losing the speed.

His potential to bowl constantly at around 140-145 km/h gives him the edge over other pacers in the world.

Akram, Warne all praises for Amir

After the final of the Champions Trophy Wasim Akram and Australian spin legend Shane Warne were all praises for Amir. Akram even went on to say that Amir's spell had reminded him of his younger days.

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