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Amir silences critics with career-best five-wicket haul

Mohammad Amir is now leading wicket taker of the tournament. Photo: AFP

TAUNTON: He was under serve criticism from all quarters, people were even questioning his inclusion in Pakistan’s squad for the ICC World Cup. But, he has changed everything for him in three World Cup games for Pakistan.

Mohammad Amir took his career best bowling figures of 5 for 30 in World Cup 2019 match against Australia in Taunton on Wednesday to take his tournament tally to 10 and become the leading wicket taker of the tournament, so far.

Amir has been in superb form since the start of the tournament, taking 3 for 26 against West Indies while attempting to defend a small total of 105, then took two wickets for 67 against England. But, his best came against Australia at Taunton, with 5 for 30 in 10 overs.

With 10 wickets from three games in the tournament, Mohammad Amir is now leading wicket taker of the tournament, his figures 5-30 is also the best by a bowler in this tournament and Pakistan’s first ever five-fer in a World Cup match against Australia.

Amir’s superb bowling saw Australia losing last 7 wickets for 65 runs.

Before coming to World Cup, Amir was struggling to find form. In 15 games since Champions Trophy final and before the start of World Cup, he had only 5 wickets to his credit.

Seeing Amir taking wickets at World Cup is, undoubtedly, a good sight for team Pakistan who was otherwise struggling with new ball.