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Mohammad Amir's stats - hype vs reality


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How successful has Amir been when compared to his hype many years ago? Hype based on one sole season in England? Amir had one amazing season no doubt, but he is not the first one to do great on swinging English pitches, players like RP Singh did the same

 

Amir was always treated as a special, special talent and he did show great glimpses of it. Even in the T20 Asia cup, we saw what he could do on swinging pitches. PCB went out of the way to help him after the spot fixing scandal, tried to rehabilitate him, brought him back immediately to the national team.  He always gets the new ball and is the leader of Pak pace attack

 

Do the numbers match up to the hype? Lets take a look

 

Amir's average currently stands at 32.49. Since his comeback, he has been averaging 38.26

 

Country played against, Amir averages over 35 against every single country except England (27.67) and Australia (32.3) The Australia average includes 2 matches played in the same English conditions where he averaged 22.2. In Australia he averages over 40

 

Career summary
GroupingAscending Span Mat Runs HS Bat Av 100 Wkts BBI Bowl Av 5 Ct St Ave Diff  
v Australia 2009-2016 6 171 48 19.00 0 24 5/79 32.33 1 0 0 -13.33 view innings
v England 2010-2016 8 174 39* 14.50 0 31 6/84 27.67 2 0 0 -13.17 view innings
v New Zealand 2009-2016 5 115 26 11.50 0 14 3/43 36.14 0 0 0 -24.64 view innings
v Sri Lanka 2009-2009 3 37 22* 12.33 0 6 3/38 43.50 0 0 0 -31.16 view innings
v West Indies 2016-2016 2 29 20 9.66 0 6 3/63 38.50 0 1 0 -28.83 view innings

 

 

Amir has played in Australia, New Zealand, England, UAE and Sri Lanka. He averages over 35 in each of those countries except England and averages over 40 in both Australia and Sri Lanka while averaging over 38 in UAE

 

in Australia 2009-2016 4 147 48 24.50 0 13 5/79 40.84 1 0 0 -16.34 view innings
in England 2010-2016 10 198 39* 13.20 0 42 6/84 26.26 2 0 0 -13.06 view innings
in New Zealand 2009-2016 5 115 26 11.50 0 14 3/43 36.14 0 0 0 -24.64 view innings
in Sri Lanka 2009-2009 3 37 22* 12.33 0 6 3/38 43.50 0 0 0 -31.16 view innings
in U.A.E. 2016-2016 2 29 20 9.66 0 6 3/63 38.50 0 1 0 -28.83 view innings

 

Year wise, even before his ban, Amir averaged 41 in 7 matches in 2009. 2010 is the only year he excelled because of one English season in amazing swinging conditions. Here is the season wise average breakup

 

2009 season - average 43.5

2009/10 season - average 41.9

2010 season - average 19.8

2016 season - average 42.4

2016/17 season - average 35.5

 

The 2010 season average seems more and more like an anomaly as time goes by. I think he still looks impressive and beats the bat. But most of his effectiveness comes from the new ball swing. His yorker and short ball seems non-existent and he has lost his in-dipper. He clocks some speed on the speed gun yet looks innocuous. Even the excuse of the 5 year delay doesn't seem to hold water considering his record before his ban outside of England. Do remember that in the period since his comeback he has played in some helpful pitches in England and New Zealand too. 

 

How long will talent give him a free pass considering PCB fought tooth and nail to get him back in the team? Seeing Pakistan's seam bowling options I am sure Amir might still be best for the team. However, those who saw a promising fast bowler emerge and were following his progress with interest might be disappointed with his performance so far. 


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I think the best of Mohammad Amir is yet to come. His best years are ahead of him

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