Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan has claimed 100 wickets in 69 ODIs. @ Getty Images
Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan has claimed 100 wickets in 69 ODIs. @ Getty Images

Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan admitted the bond he shares with teammate Mohammad Amir was misinterpreted earlier as jealously. “It can’t be called jealously, we both compete against each other. Sometimes, we look at whose day it is. If Amir is having a good day, then I look to maintain rather than attack the batsman. If I am getting a few wickets, then Amir tries to maintain and not attack too much. If both of us are doing well, then we try to get wickets from both ends,” Junaid told ESPNCricinfo recently.

Junaid, who has claimed 100 wickets in 69 ODIs as compared to Amir’s 58 wickets in 46 matches, reveals how the duo hunt in pairs during matches. “When there is a balance between the bowling pair, it benefits the team and the individual as well. If Amir bowls well and gets a wicket, I also look to do the same. Nowadays, Amir and I share our bowling strategies during the match with each other and that is helping us improve our performance,” he added.

Bowling with the new ball is an added incentive to claim wickets, according to Junaid. “When you start with the new ball, you have more chances, just like when you open the batting, you have more chances. Amir and I get more wickets for this reason since we bowl with the new ball,” he said.