Cricket – Arthur hails Amir impact

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur heaped praise on paceman Mohammad Amir after he played a major role in the ICC Champions Trophy final win over India. Amir bagged three early wickets as India’s reply to 338-4 from Pakistan floundered before it had got going. The left-armer got rid of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan in a superb opening burst, as India were skittled out for 158 to leave Pakistan victors by a massive 180-run margin. And Arthur was hugely impressed by the efforts of his pace spearhead, saying: "We thought that if we could get among the Indian top order early, we could probably expose the middle order that hadn't batted a fair amount. "Amir was the guy that could do that for us. He is a big-match player. When the game is on the line, the more he performs. "He doesn't shy away from big games. He's got a proper big-match temperament and he showed that on the biggest stage." Pakistan, who now have a full set of ICC trophies, having won the World Cup in 1992 and the World Twenty20 in 2009, can be backed at 10/1 with bet365 to win the 2019 World Cup.

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