Former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir sees potential in Arshdeep Singh as a solution to India’s quest for a reliable left-arm pacer. Over the years, the Indian team has experimented with various left-arm pacers, but the lack of consistency has hindered the development of a versatile and dependable pace attack.
Speaking during a virtual media interaction at the International League T20 in Dubai, Amir expressed optimism about Arshdeep Singh’s abilities, emphasizing the need for a left-arm pacer who can consistently bowl at speeds of 135-140. “Arshdeep can be a very good left-arm pacer. India needs one who can consistently bowl at 135-140,” Mohammad Amir stated.
Acknowledging the notable growth of Indian pacers, particularly Mohammed Siraj, Amir commended the improvements made by the bowlers in white-ball cricket. He highlighted the positive signs for Indian cricket, with players like Siraj, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah performing well, even after recovering from injuries.
“From the last two-three years, the most impressive has been Mohammed Siraj. The way he has improved in white-ball cricket, it’s a good sign for Indian cricket. The way (Mohammed) Shami, (Jasprit) Bumrah are performing after injury. Indian cricket is growing every day. Their set-up, their leadership, whenever they bring one youngster, they give full time, which is very good,” Mohammad Amir added.
Amir praised India’s rotation policy for managing their pace bowlers, ensuring their freshness and meeting the demands of international cricket.
“India is always a settled side because they follow a process. They also now understand how to keep their pace bowlers fresh. In every series, they have a rotation policy. (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami, (Mohammed) Siraj, they are not playing all the matches and series. I think the future of Indian fast bowling holds is good,” added Mohammad Amir.
Regarding his own future plans, Amir mentioned that he currently has no intention of making a comeback. Discussing the current crop of Pakistan pacers, Amir praised Naseem Shah as a “complete bowler” and expressed regret over his injury ruling him out of the World Cup. Amir emphasized the need for proper grooming of Pakistan’s fast bowlers to maximize their potential.