Paceman Amir encouraged by Kohli praise


Pakistan seamer Mohammad Amir says he is encouraged by the kind words from India batsman Virat Kohli as he continues his reintegration into the national side after being suspended for five years.

A left-arm paceman, Amir was banned from all cricket after he was found guilty of spot fixing on Pakistan's tour of England in 2010.

The 23-year-old is now back in the national fold and is proving to be his team's best bowler in the ongoing Asia Cup, recording figures of 3 for 18, including the wicket of Kohli, against arch rivals India as Pakistan lost by five wickets.

India superstar Kohli was his side's match-winner with a valuable innings of 49 and his duel with Amir was one of the highlights of the game.

Kohli gave high praise to the quick bowler after the match and Amir says Kohli's words meant a lot to him but he still has a responsibility to prove himself.

Amir told Mirror: "It's the sort of encouragement that you need and when it comes from a superstar like Virat, it means a lot.

"On the other hand, it's a big challenge for me as well because it adds to my responsibility to prove that I am worth that praise.

"Even before the match, he used some good words for me. It was very kind of him."