Mohammad Amir pulled this one out of thin air, literally. The Pakistan pacer, who was fielding inside the circle, sprinted backwards when Darren Bravo hit a Zulfiqar Babar delivery across the line during West Indies’ first innings in the third Test at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.
Mohammad Amir sprinted backwards as soon as he saw Bravo sky the ball towards the cover region, dived full length with arms outstretched to complete the catch and get the West Indies batsman out
The brilliant display of athleticism gave Mohammad Amir, who is making a comeback to Test cricket, his first catch in the long format. It took 20 matches for Amir to get his first catch, earning him the record as the player who took the longest time to get off the mark.
Amir was one of three Pakistan players -- along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif -- to have been banned for five years following a spot-fixing scandal during the nation’s Test tour of England in 2010. Amir made a return to international cricket in January this year, and has played in Twenty20 and ODIs so far, before playing four Test matches in England in July-August.
“Five years is a long period so I am gaining my rhythm and I am looking forward to trips to New Zealand and Australia,” said Amir, about his comeback so far. “I have been to both countries earlier and pitches there help fast bowlers. With the exposure of playing at tracks like in the United Arab Emirates you definitely get a lot of confidence to do well in Australia and New Zealand.
Pakistan has already sealed the three-match series against West Indies, having won the first two matches.