A record was made in the debut match of T20 WC, the team became champion, Virat also became a fan

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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New Delhi. Left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Aamir started his international career with the T20 World Cup 2009 and made a big record as soon as he stepped on the field. Aamir played his first T20 match against England on 7 June 2009 and became the youngest player to play the T20 World Cup. When Aamir played his first T20 match, he was just 17 years and 55 days old. The pressure of starting a career with a big tournament like the T20 World Cup is not less, but the slim Aamir faced it well and performed well. He proved to be a 'lucky charm' for the team and Pakistan became the champion in its first tournament itself. In the final, the Younus Khan Brigade defeated Sri Lanka by 8 wickets.

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This record of playing the T20 World Cup at the youngest age remained in Aamir's name till 2022. In the T20 World Cup 2022, Ayan Khan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) made this record by playing a match against the Netherlands at the age of 16. Aamir is likely to be a part of the Pakistani team in the T20 World Cup 2024. Aamir has returned from retirement at the request of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

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Aamir was the fourth most successful bowler for Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2009. He took 6 wickets in 7 matches of the tournament at an average of 29.16 and an economy of 7.29. Only Umar Gul (13), Saeed Ajmal (12) and Shahid Afridi (11) have taken more wickets than him for the team. Aamir opened the Pakistani bowling in the final against Sri Lanka and took the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan for 30 runs in 4 overs. He sent Dilshan, who scored the highest 317 runs in the tournament, back to the pavilion without opening his account. At the peak of his career, Aamir reminded one of Pakistan's great fast bowler Wasim Akram. Apart from swinging the ball in both directions at a good speed, he had also mastered reverse swing.

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Has played in three T20 World Cups
Apart from 2009, Aamir also played the 2010 and 2016 T20 World Cups. In the 2010 tournament, he took 8 wickets in 6 matches at an average of 19.00 and an economy of 6.60. Unfortunately, a few months after the World Cup, he was found guilty of spot fixing and was banned for 5 years. Due to this, Aamir's career was greatly affected and he could not play in the 2012 and 2014 T20 World Cups. Due to the ban, Aamir remained out of cricket for 5 years. This was the reason that in his career from 2009 to 2024, he could play only 36 Tests, 61 ODIs and 56 T20 matches.

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After completing the ban period, Aamir returned to the Pakistan team for the T20 World Cup 2016, but his balls did not have the same edge as before. He looked more like a defensive bowler than an attacking one and was able to take only 3 wickets in 4 matches at an average of 39.33 and an economy of 7.86. However, he soon returned to his old form. In the final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, Aamir became the biggest obstacle in the way of Team India's victory. Aamir took the wickets of three star batsmen of the Indian team, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, in his very first spell. These three batsmen looked helpless in front of his ability to bring the ball in and take it out from the same place. By taking 3 wickets in the match, he made an important contribution in helping the team win the Champions Trophy. Virat Kohli also once described Aamir as a very difficult bowler.

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Virat Kohli called him a very difficult bowler

Bollywood's 'Mr. Perfectionist' Aamir Khan had asked Virat in a TV show in 2017 if he gets nervous in front of any bowler, to which Virat replied, 'At present, Pakistan's Mohammad Aamir…he is the top batsman in the world right now. He is among the two or three bowlers. Aamir is one of the toughest bowlers I have faced in my career so far. While facing him, you have to play at the top level otherwise you can get out.' However, Virat has destroyed Aamir's bowling on many occasions and has conceded a lot of runs against him. Let us tell you, Virat has a good bonding with Aamir. Virat once gifted his bat to Aamir. Aamir has also described Virat as the best batsman in the world on many occasions.

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Tired of PCB's mental torture, he retired
Aamir was very talented but he lacked discipline. Due to this, he was associated with controversies. In 2021, Aamir announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket and said that he had to take this step because he was fed up with the 'mental torture' of the PCB. Aamir has 119 wickets in 36 Tests, 81 in 61 ODIs and 64 wickets in 56 T20s. Now on the request of the same PCB which used to mentally torture him, 32-year-old Aamir has announced to withdraw his decision to retire. His bowling performance has been good in the recent T20 matches against New Zealand and Ireland but his real test will be against the world's great batsmen in the T20 World Cup 2024 (ICC T20 World Cup 2024). It will be interesting to see whether Aamir shows his old shine in this important tournament or proves to be an 'expired cartridge'.

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