The jury is still out on whether Pakistan’s convicted spot-fixer Mohammad Amir should have been allowed to play international cricket but Indian vice-captain Virat Kohli is “happy” to find the talented left-arm pacer back in their national team.
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Amir was banned for five years for his involvement in spot-fixing during the England tour of 2010 and has made a comeback this year after serving the suspension period.
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When Kohli was asked about the game against Pakistan, he did speak about Amir’s return.
“I don’t feel anything different playing Pakistan. It’s the same game of cricket. I look at all oppositions with the same view. Matches against Pakistan are certainly competitive. People may feel excited but for players it’s the same as any other team. I am happy to see Amir back, it’s good to see that he has realised his mistake, learnt from it and rectified himself,” he said.
Kohli is one of the few non-Pakistani international cricketers who has welcomed Amir’s comeback.
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In fact, Kohli went to the extent of saying that Amir could have been amongst the top three bowlers, had he not strayed.
“I have always believed that he (Amir) is a world class bowler and had he been around for the five years that he was banned, he would have certainly been a top three bowlers in the world. He has a lot of talent, has got pace, bounce a very good yorker,” he said.
For Kohli, the best part was that Amir admitted his mistake.
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“I wish him all the best. He has worked hard to make a comeback and it takes courage to do what he did.”
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