Tendulkar hoping for ‘something special’ by Amir
Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar is anticipating 'something special' from Pakistan quick Mohammad Amir ahead of Pakistan's first Test against England on Thursday.
Amir, who was found guilty of spot-fixing during Pakistan's tour of England six years ago, is set to make his Test return at the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground — the venue where his cricketing career came to a gruesome halt.
The former players have divided opinions regarding the 24-year-old's return to international cricket. Tendulkar, however, feels that the left-arm pacer must be allowed back into the cricketing fold since he has served his sentence.
"I think those that decided to penalise him, have already done so," said Tendulkar in an interview with ESPNcricinfo.
"He is a good bowler, has a huge amount of skill, and if he gets his rhythm right he can hopefully do something special," said Tendulkar, whose stay at the crease during ICC Champions Trophy 2009 was curtailed to just 14 balls by Amir. It was the only match where they played against each other.
Tendulkar said that he has seen left-arm quick's recent interviews and Amir has come across as a balanced person with a balanced head.
"That is something, which will also reflect in the game. It is all about how you think, you plan and you execute those plans on the field," Tendulkar said.