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Amir seeks motivation from his mother’s memories ahead of India clash


Pakistan star pacer Mohammad Amir says that the memory of his late mother will encourage him in the most highly anticipating World Cup clash against the all-time rival India on June 16, Sunday at Old Trafford in Manchester.

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“My mother will must be praying for me to God from the heavens,” Amir said. Amir also said his mom, Naseem Akhtar, who passed away in March this year, dependably petitioned God for his success, wanting him to take five wickets in each match he played.

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“She would dependably be found before the TV and all the time appealing to God for my success and her greatest wish was that I get five wickets, so when I got five I cried and recalled her words,” Amir said.

Amir also revealed that his mother always wanted him to play his best against India. “The sort of rivalry among Pakistan and India was apparent at my home and she constantly wanted me to come strong against India,” reviewed Amir of his mom.

Pakistan lost all their six previous meetings against India in the World Cup but Amir denied the fact that they weren’t bothered about that and considering the match as same as other matches. It’s the media which created the hype about the match. But he admitted that they were in pressure as they won just one match in this year’s World Cup and sit 8th at the point table.

“As a cricketer when you hold a bat or a ball and are at a ground then every match is the same. However, fans, channels of both the sides, media and now social media make a publicity. For us cricketers all matches are the same at the same time, indeed, our present circumstance on the point table is putting pressure on us to win this match and progress forward,” the 27-year old left-arm pacer said.

Amir has been in good form in this World Cup as he has taken 10 wickets in just three matches and currently at third position in the highest wicket-taker list. He also took his maiden fifer of his career against Australia in their last match. “I am pumped up subsequent to getting wickets against Australia. I am glad that wickets have come at the correct time. When I was bowling great, notwithstanding when I was not taking wickets, from skipper to coach to bowling coach and my team-mates, everybody supported me. I never felt frustrated and my patience paid off,” Amir said.

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