Mohammad Amir picks best batsman among Smith, Kohli, Root, Williamson
New Delhi: Whom would you rate as the best batsman among the current greats of Cricket – Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Joe Root or Kane Williamson? Well, you might be unsure about your choice, but arguably the greatest Pakistani bowler of current era, Mohammad Amir, has no doubts about his choice.
Any guesses whom he considers the best among the fab four, where all of them are equally talented, hardworking, dedicated and extremely dangerous with a piece of willow in their hands?
Well, don’t bother to think much as we are here to tell you his pick among the current greats.
Virat Kohli, undoubtedly, is according to Amir is the best batsman of the current age.
The Pakistan bowling sensation rated the Indian run-machine the best while interacting with his fans on micro-blogging site Twitter.
In the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final, Mohammed Amir came up with one of his best spells ever ripping apart India's top order which included three in-form match winners – Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. Subsequently, Pakistan comfortably won the match by 180 runs to clinch the Mini World Cup title for the first time ever.
Interestingly, Amir almost got the wicket of his favourite batsman on two consecutive deliveries, with first of the straight forward chances being dropped at the slips. It truly was one of the finest displays of spirited bowling at the international level.
Amir could not compare the amount of delight of picking up the wicket of God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar in his first ever Champions Trophy in 2009 and getting Kohli out in the last Champions Trophy final.
The left-arm speedster had dismissed the Little Master at the individual score of 8 runs and India had fallen 54 runs short of 303-run target during the league stage at Centurion.
Amir, however, still rates his spell against India in the 2016 Asia Cup as his favourite. Coming in to defend a small target of 84 runs in a Twenty20 International, Amir gave India some early blows in form of dismissals of Rohit, Dhawan and Suresh Raina. India was reeling under pressure at 8/3 when Virat Kohli scored a gritty half-century to take his team home.
This surely was a great gesture of sportsmanship as the Pakistani paceman, leaving the ancient rivalry behind, dared to praise an Indian batsman on a public platform.
Earlier, Virat Kohli had also showered praises over Mohammad Amir for making a remarkable comeback to the International arena after having a troubled past of match-fixing. Kohli had even gifted a bat to Amir out of affection during the eve of the India-Pakistan match of the World T20 at the Eden Gardens.