‘I never worry about what other cricketers have to say’

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir says he doesn’t put too much stock in what other players have to say in press conferences.

Amir was questioned about comments made by India opener Rohit Sharma ahead of last month’s Champions Trophy final.

Rohit opined that Amir was overhyped and just an ordinary bowler ahead of the final where the quick ripped through the India top order with a blistering opening spell.

Responding to the comments on Sky Sports Amir said: “That was his opinion about me and he is entitled to that opinion.

“Maybe his opinion about me has now changed.

“But let’s get one thing clear, I would never call him an ordinary batsman. In fact, I would call him an extraordinary batsman. His record for India is superb and I respect him.

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“His opinions about other cricketers are up to him, but with all due respect I never worry about what other cricketers have to say about me.

“It’s not my concern at all and I just concentrate on my performances and what I am doing for my team. If I worried about other people’s opinions of me that would just cause me stress and that is why I avoid it.

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion, whether it’s labelling a cricketer world-class or ordinary; it is up to that individual.”

Amir’s spell claimed the wickets of Rohit, the tournament’s leading runscorer Shikhar Dhawan and talismanic skipper Virat Kohli.

The left-arm quick’s career had been put in jeopardy by spot-fixing charges that saw him banned for six years but since returning has established himself as Pakistan’s leader of the attack.