Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir is currently struggling to recoup his rhythm with the ball across the formats of the game, and pace legend Wasim Akram believes that his deliveries with the new ball have stopped swinging in, saying he needs to adjust his bowling.
The 26-year-old, who is one of Pakistan’s best fast bowlers of modern era, has been struggling to live up to the tag off late, as he went wicketless in eight of his last 13 One Day International appearances ever since returning after serving a five-year ban, while his last five-wicket haul in Tests came in April 2017.
In the video on Wasim Akram’s official YouTube channel, he can be seen opining, “Amir has pace. He is still one of the quickest in Pakistan cricket. I won’t say it luck for bad luck doesn’t go on for such a long. His new-ball deliveries have stopped swinging in.”
On being asked what’s the mistake Amir is doing, Akram replied, “I haven’t seen it closely. I told him when I met him in the last PSL that his action goes wide at the moment of delivering the ball which means his bowling arm remains more straight and the ball leaves the right-hander instead of coming in.”
Meanwhile, former Pakistan fast bowler further also advised Amir to adjust his bowling three inches, i.e. need to bowl closer to the stumps by three inches, and he will have to put in practice for six months.
Akram signed off by saying, “Your mind is so tuned up with your action that no matter how much you try, you will keep on landing on the old spot while delivering the ball. To bring in a real change, you have to practice every day for six months. Then you probably land up where you are trying to.”