The Amir of 2009 and Amir of 2019 ─ what's different?

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Amir has failed to reach the heights of his pre-hiatus career. — AFP/File

    File this under the biggest 'what-ifs' of Pakistan cricket. It is probably not as intriguing as "What would Mohammad Zahid had been like, had he not been injured" but Mohammad Amir's career, or what's left of it, still remains one of the most puzzling questions for cricket fans.

    What if he had stayed within the line, both proverbial and the fading white on that fateful summer day at Lord's? What kind of career would he have had, had what happened had never happened? Would he have become the best fast bowler in the world ... or even history? With him spearheading their attack, could Pakistan have fared better at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups?

    These are questions that do not bother cricket fans anymore, but they should. For, we're talking about a 15-year-old who was handpicked by the great Wasim Akram himself. This was no ordinary talent but someone who at 17 was starring at World T20s, clocking 152kmph and making the ball do things that no underage fella ever should. As a slender 18-year-old, he was bowling five-wicket maidens against Australia at the World Cup.

    At 18, he was also bagging five-wicket hails in Test matches against Australia in Australia and helping beat England in England. Oh yes, the talent was real, and potential enormous. Our memories may not serve us well but even the hazy remnants of the cricketing zeitgeist are enough to remind us that this was a once-in-a-generation-kind find. The kind that isn't made but born.

    A true wunderkind of his ilk had perhaps not been seen since Sachin Tendulkar took guard in Karachi in the autumn of 89.

    Then the summer of 2010 happened.

    Fast forward five-and-a –half-years later, and Amir was back. Still just 24, he was supposed to continue where he left off. What happened was nothing but a minor pothole on a journey towards an otherwise successful and fruitful career, they said. Except that no pothole that erases five years of an athlete's career can be a minor pothole. It's more like a grand canyon.

    A shadow of his former teenage self, 27-year-old Amir, who should now theoretically be in his prime, appears more in his twilight. The pace, the movement, the zing ... it can still be seen but only in glimpses.

    We saw it in his hat-trick during Pakistan Super League 2016, we saw it in that Asia Cup spell against India, and we saw it again against India in the Champions Trophy final. But that's pretty much it.

    In the three years since he's been back, those three matches are all he's had that are reminiscent of the young Amir of the old. This new, older Amir doesn't compare.

    Whatever he had has left him. And it makes sense too. There is a precedent of high level athletes struggling to regain former levels following years of inactivity. Mike Tyson had lost just one of the first 42 fights of his career when he was convicted of rape and sent to prison. He won just nine of the 16 bouts he fought after the four years (91-95) he spent behind bars. Some say the great Muhammad Ali, too, had lost a step during his near four-year hiatus.

    Of course there are always exceptions but for most top-level athletes, and especially for a fast bowler, the discontinuation of training regime and deprivation of competition work together to cause a permanent loss of ability. That precisely has been the case with Amir 2.0.
  2. godzilla

    godzilla Smooth Operator

    May 12, 2016
    the difference is he's now crap.
  3. thair9999

    thair9999 Emerging Player

    Oct 17, 2010
    He is not attacking the stumps rather he is trying to be economical.
  4. Sultan Yusuf

    Sultan Yusuf Talented

    Sep 1, 2010
    The difference I believe is that he had ambition then. He merely sees this as a job now, something to earn a living from. It shows in the effort he puts in.

    Whatever was there in 2009/10 is not there anymore. I thought the threat of the emergence of hasnain, rauf and co might kick him in to action, but it doesn’t seem so
  5. Patriot

    Patriot Kaptaan

    Oct 8, 2014
    he's not fixing anymore
  6. Fireworks11

    Fireworks11 Kaptaan

    Sep 22, 2012
    His deviation to the crooked path lost him his golden years of a young once in a generation fast bowler.
  7. isaacking

    isaacking Talented

    Jul 16, 2010
    He was an out ant attacking bowler but some how now he is line and length bowler; so problem is he is not attacking enough and Captain & coaches are not kicking his back to make him attack.

    Just asking him to go 10 an over but bring have an average per wicket around 20 and that will solve lots of his problem.

    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

    Apr 26, 2011
    He is 10 years older.
  9. Mo Iqbal

    Mo Iqbal Youngsta Beauty

    Dec 27, 2013
    No desire left in him now.

    He was a village boy who rose to stardom but now just goes through the motions when he bowls.

    Reminds me of the average guy in the gym who you see every week just doing them same thing day in day out for many months with no signs of improvement.
  10. Del

    Del Cornered Tiger

    Dec 21, 2016
    He was young and enthusiast in 2009, wanted to prove a point and used to give 100%, but now its a different story.

    He is ladla of Mickey, there is no will to work hard, attitude has changed which is not fast bowler's attitude at all, plus he knows that he will be part of the team (you will drop him and then select him again after a series), so whats the incentive to work hard?

    If he can keep his place by just bowling 10 economical overs, maintain good line & length, take a wicket here and there, then why put extra effort and try to attack stumps?

    Also, I have observed that he holds himself in longer formats, but bowls better with more pace in T20. This is the indicator that he can bowl better, but purposely doesn't put effort.
  11. Savak

    Savak Emerging Player

    Feb 26, 2013
    To be honest Amir has bowled a lot of overs from 2015 to 2019 now, the workload of pacers today is tremendous in comparison to the 70's and 90's, if the workload is not managed then you will see things like reduced pace.

    Not just Amir but all of our pacers workload needs to be managed. We have a diverse and large aresenal of pacers so we should be using it to our advantage.
  12. Passionate Pakistani

    Passionate Pakistani The Don

    Jun 10, 2011
    This is the problem with most youngsters.. they start with bang and then lose it altogether.

    UAkmal is another same case

    Shahzad as well tbh.

    Lets hope its not the same with shadab and babar

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