Pakistan's Mohammad Amir Recalls Planning Dismissal Of Indian Skipper Virat Kohli In Champions Trophy 2017 Final

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The scalp of Virat Kohli was termed by many as the game changer, which paved way for Pakistan towards their historic triumph in Champions Trophy 2017

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Updated On:

Mohammad Amir's career has had a lot of up's and down's, even though he is just 26. The left-arm fast bowler started off his career as a young pacer, who was expected to rule the cricketing arena for years to come. But at the tender age of 19, he got embroiled in spot-fixing controversy, and was banned from the sport for a period of five years.

Ever since his return, Amir has been trying to make amends for his mistake, and return to the very lethal bowler he was before being banned. In the past three years, he has had some impressive displays. The one which stood out, though, was in the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Having seen his batters post a massive total on the board, Amir dismantled the Indian batting line-up with a ferocious spell early on. He dismissed Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, before getting the prized wicket of Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

The scalp of Kohli was termed by many as the game changer, which paved way for Pakistan towards their historic triumph. It came the very next delivery after the Indian skipper was dropped in the slip cordon.

Now, more than a year after the final, Amir has spoken up about how he planned the wicket the Indian skipper. In the recent episode of 'Voice of Cricket', he said, 

"When Virat Kohli came in, I had bowled an inswing delivery and he was beaten. Rohit Sharma was also dismissed off an inswinging delivery too. He was dropped earlier and I thought if he stuck around, he will take India towards victory. So I prayed to god for his wicket and the next ball I got his wicket after Shadab Khan took a brilliant catch."

The two teams had met each other first in the group stage, which was convincingly won by India. But in the final, tables were turned, and Pakistan put one of their best displays to storm to a huge win. Batting first, the 'Men in Green' posted 338 for 4 in their 50 overs, thanks to a sensational century by Fakhar Zaman.

Chasing an enormous target, India lost way early on thanks to a ferocious spell by Amir. At one point, the 'Men in Blue' were 82 for 5, and looked set to be bundled out for a cheap score. But Hardik Pandya took the centrestage and revived India's innings.

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He took on the Pakistan spinners, and gave Indian fans something to cheer about. But his unfortunate dismissal resulted in another collapse, and India were bowled out for 158 in less than 31 overs.

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