Modern cricket hasn’t seen many fast bowlers like Muhammad Amir, and his display of classic swing bowling against Yorkshire on Sunday is only a glimpse of his true potential.
The left-hand fast bowler took 5 wickets for 18 runs in just his 2nd Championship match as Yorkshire collapsed for 113 runs.
Essex won the toss and chose to bat first. They put 188 on the board with Muhammad Amir contributing 11 runs from 16 deliveries.
However, the real contribution from the Pakistani pacer came with the bowl as he demolished the top order to complete his five-for.
Here are some of the highlights posted by Essex Cricket Twitter account:
— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) August 6, 2017
Muhammad Amir was signed by Essex after a solid performance in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, especially against India where he picked up the wicket of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kholi in the crucial final game.
‘Ban Match-Fixers For Life’
The 25-year old Amir, along with Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif were banned in 2010 for being involved in the spot fixing scandal against England.
Following the debacle, England captain — Alastair Cook — who has spent his entire club career with Essex said that all match-fixers should be banned (including Muhammad Amir).
But Amir, when speaking to the media after joining Essex following the successful Champions Trophy campaign, insisted that he had no problems with his new team-mate.
“I met him [Cook] the first day when I arrived and he was very nice,” said Amir.
“No (there are no issues between us), nothing. He’s always nice and always very supportive.”