Pakistan left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir recently pulled the pin on his Test career and the sudden decision left the cricketing fraternity in a state of shock. Former Pakistan cricketers Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar were upset with Amir bidding goodbye to the longer format at just 27 for they felt he was needed by his team at a time when they are struggling in red-ball cricket.
Pakistan lost their last two Test series, including the one against New Zealand at home, and are ranked a poor seventh by the ICC in the same format, just above the West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
Amir, who made the Pakistan World Cup squad this year at the last moment, hit form with 17 wickets in eight games in the tournament. And just when the Pakistani supporters and experts started believing that the left-arm pacer was on his way to becoming a force once again, he dropped the bomb by quitting Tests.
Amir, who has served a long ban in relation ton spot-fixing in Tests, felt he needed to make way for emerging fast bowlers. His decision came right ahead of the ICC World Test Championship starting August 1. Pakistan next play Sri Lanka and Australia in Tests. Amir has played 36 Tests in which he took 119 wickets at an average of 30-plus.
Yasir was the man of the match in the game in which Amir took career-best figures
Another player Yasir Shah, however, faced the heat in connection to Amir’s decision. In a tweet, the senior spinner expressed his disappointment over the seamer’s decision and also called him a “legend”. And that was a reason enough to turn the already upset fans off.
Saddened by the announcement of Mohammad Amir regarding retirement from Test cricket. No doubt a legend withdraw himself from his playground @iamamirofficial
— Yasir Shah (@Shah64Y) July 27, 2019
The Twitterati lashed out at Shah for calling Amir a legend and one even asked whether it was that easy for one to become a legend in Pakistan. The 33-year-old Yasir mainly plays in Tests for Pakistan and he was adjudged the man of the match in the game against the West Indies in 2017 in which Amir had scripted his career-best bowling figures of 6 for 44. Yasir had also taken a six-for in the second innings of the same game to bag the award.
Here is what the Twitterati said against Yasir after he called Amir a “legend:
I am not really sure a "legend" has withdrawn. Legends don't withdraw, they leave a legacy. Not the best decision made by #Amir as he could've given more to the country (@TheRealPCBMedia) & sport which gave him name.
— MohammadRaza Ghadiri (@razallb) July 27, 2019
Legend ka meaning pata hai ?
— Kourageous ✨✨🇮🇳 ☬ (@AN_EVILSOUL) July 27, 2019
How come he is legend of Test Cricket. Are you Insane ??
— haris gardezi (@haris_gardezi) July 27, 2019
Pakistan me koi bhi legend hou jata hai kya ?
— Ryan (@gibberish_talks) July 27, 2019
Agar amir legend h to phir ashok dinda bhi legend h.
— shanualiza (@shanualiza1) July 27, 2019
Dont call him legend…he has the talent to become a legend…but i guess he dnt want to be a legend
— omer arshad (@omerarshad) July 27, 2019
Legend??? Like seriously..?
Look at India. Even Kohli is not in the category of legends yet and this man with no achievements in his career becomes a legend….is that the standard of our cricket???
— Bilal Arif (@ambitious_bill) July 27, 2019
"Legend" Seriously, He hasn't done anything significant in his career for Pakistan to be given this prestigious title!!!
Kindly donot disrespect the title of "Legend"🙏
— Hassan Hamayoun (@HassanHamayoun9) July 27, 2019
How is mohammad amir a legend, plz explain. This word legend has become very cheap.
— Keviv Prasai (@KevivPrasai) July 27, 2019
Mazaak bana Diya Hai, chalte firte cricketer ko legend bula rahe https://t.co/avLRraHMNw
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) July 27, 2019
— Vijay 🇮🇳 (@Im_VD04) July 27, 2019
— Tooba Sohag (@toobamumtaz94) July 27, 2019
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