Hamilton [New Zealand], Nov. 28 (ANI
): Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir believes that besides leaving the bowler "disappointed and frustrated", every dropped catch affects the team more than the individual.
Ever since the tainted fast bowler has made a comeback to the Pakistan team after suspension, he has had awful luck, having at least 11 catches go down off his bowling in Tests.
Even in the ongoing Hamilton Test, four chances off his bowling has been missed, two in the slips, one at midwicket, plus a difficult low catch that he himself dropped in his follow through.
"Yes, it affects the bowler when you run from 22 yards and your catch is dropped - you're disappointed and frustrated," Amir was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. "But it affects the team more than the individual. I've been very unlucky, but I try to be a team man."
"It's difficult to keep count, but I think at least 12-13 catches have gone down off my bowling in Tests and about six-seven catches have been dropped in the shorter formats as well," he added.
New Zealand, having comfortably won the first Test by eight wickets in Christchurch, have now set Pakistan 369 for victory on the final day of the second Test being played at Seddon Park.
If Pakistan fail to win the ongoing game, they would lose their N0. 2 Test Ranking-which according to Amir would motivate the team to try their level best and win the game.
"The ranking is very important and we've achieved it after a lot of hard work. In the last seven series, we've won about five. It's very important for us. We like to be among the top teams in the world," Amir said.
"Tomorrow there will be 98 overs to bowl, and the first session will be very important. If we can lay a platform, we'll try to achieve the target. We'll try to break the target up into smaller scores, and go about it that way," he added. (ANI