Lack of confidence led to decline in form: Amir
Discarded Pakistan pace sensation Mohammad Amir, who is not playing in Pakistan’s upcoming T20I series against New Zealand, believes it is because of his lack of confidence in his skills that led to his decline as a strike force in limited-over cricket this year.
Amir has been out of the national team across all three formats over the past month, and that’s very much understandable: his ODI bowling average this year stands at 100.66 and his strike-rate is a whopping 140.
“I was feeling that I was lacking confidence. As a professional sportsman, the first thing that you lose is confidence when you realise you are unable to perform,” he said. “The skills remain the same even then. They are the same with which you had taken wickets earlier. But, when you are unable to perform for two, three, four games, you go down mentally and your confidence takes a hit which hampers your performance.”
Amir also informed that he had discussions at length with Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, head coach Mickey Arthur and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq regarding his workload. “I had a proper discussion with Inzi bhai, Saifi bhai and Mickey Arthur about my workload and we talked about every aspect of it. Playing three formats is not very easy for any fast bowler. Mitchell Starc just returned and got a niggle after playing just two matches. Nobody is superman,” he said.
“Our discussions ended on a positive note as both Inzi and Mickey decided to manage my workload efficiently. There was no communication gap amongst us and there were very honest discussion about this… There’s so much cricket these days that it becomes very difficult for a fast bowler to recover and work on physical fitness.”
Pakistan will start their three-match T20 series against the Visiting New Zealand side in the UAE from October 31, and the series will be followed by three T20Is and equal number of Test matches. Pakistan recently beat Australia 1-0 in the Test series before whitewashing them 3-0 in the 20-over format.