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Ball of Fire : Aamir Sohail

Written by Commoner on July 28th, 2007   (522 views)

The world of cricket will always remember the pair of Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail. That has been unarguably one of best opening pair, Pakistan cricket has ever had. Both were great batsmen and changed the way, the opening of the innings was done in Pakistan.

Aggression and elegance of Aamir Sohail is still savoured by the fans across the cricket world. The career of this gifted left-arm stylish batsman was short yet full of energy and fire and fight. He started his brilliant test career On June 4-8, 1992 in a test match against England at Birmingham. He played his first One Day International against Sri Lanka at Sharjah on Dec 21, 1990.

Pakistan has produced many mammoth legendary batsmen, but Aamir Sohail had the best style ever seen in Pakistan. His improvisation and back-foot technique was immaculate. The most dominant ingredient of Aamir’s batting was his unleashed aggression. He was like a hungry lion on the crease. No matter how much the pressure situation, he always loved to attack the bowler head to head.

He had steely nerves and iron intentions. He never much mind the pressure situations or any weather conditions. He hadn’t any fear of crowd. He was also became famous his fearless batting against Venkatesh Prasad in 96 world cup match, in front of a very hostile and bitter Bangalore crowd. He had no fear of white leather. He told Ian Botham, who himself was a very belligerent player, that he might want to send his mother-in-law in to bat after Botham was given out for 0 in the final in the final of 1992 world cup.

Aamir Sohail was a clean man. Above all match fixing controversies. He was the leader of Pakistani pack when everybody was lifting fingers over his team members regarding the betting and match fixing. Aamir was the first to blow the whistle, and he was the one who showed courage to reveal who the real culprits were. But he had to lose his career as a result. He nowadays is a very aggressively pleasant commentators.

Aamir Sohail was also a left-arm off spinner, a sudden-shocked wicket keeper. He took 25 wickets in his 47 test matches and snatched away 85 wickets in his just 156 one day matches. He played a very instrumental role in Pakistan’s famous triumph of 1992 world cup.

Aamir Sohail was a maestro of left-hand batting. He played his last test match against Sri Lanka at Peshawar in front of a weeping crowd on March 5, 2000. He played his last ODI against Srilanka at Lahore in front of a badly crying spectators on Feb 19, 2000. Pakistan will always love you Aamir Sohail.

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