Former Pakistan fast bowler, Mohammad Amir, has revealed the reason why Pakistani bowlers are struggling in South Africa.
During an interview with Cricket Pakistan, Amir said that Pakistani fast bowlers, excluding Shaheen Shah Afridi, are solely relying on pace, which is going against them.
We have created this phenomenon that a bowler who can consistently bowl over 140 kph is good for the international arena. The mindset has pushed our youngsters to focus on pace and not skills.
Amir believed that this is what Pakistani bowlers have been facing on the tour so far. The premier fast bowler maintained that anyone who bowls raw pace without knowing the art of swing, yorkers, and slow balls is not a bowler in his dictionary.
“If you bowl over 140 kph but don’t understand when to bowl a Yorker, a bouncer, or a slower one to a batsman, and how to set him up, you are not a complete bowler.”
When asked to name a bowler who can serve Pakistan as he did, Amir named Shaheen Afridi.
I think Shaheen is doing well for Pakistan. The rest of them need a lot of time.
To a question related to his pace and if he ever tried to bowl as fast as Shoaib Akhtar, Amir said:
I have been bowling 150+ in the past. My Asia Cup spell in 2015, where I consistently bowled at 154-155 kph. In Sydney, 2009, when I was playing my second ODI. I bowled the entire last over at 154 kph.
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Mohammad Amir said that bowling fast is no more his main focus, as he likes to bowl around 140s with command on swing and seam.
The bowler, who turned 29 today, had announced retirement from international cricket in December last year following a spat with the current team management.