Against England on Wednesday, the young pacer suffered a minor shin problem in his three-wicket haul, that was one of the key reasons why Pakistan tore out pages of the form book on their way to a convincing eight-wicket win against title favourites England in Cardiff on Wednesday.
Pakistan delivered an inspired all-round performance to rout a ragged England team by eight wickets in a one-sided Champions Trophy semifinal in Cardiff.
India surged into a second successive Champions Trophy final by beating Bangladesh in front of 24,340 fans - a ODI record at Edgbaston - to set up a final with Pakistan.
After bowling the hosts out for 211, thanks to pacer Hasan Ali's 3/35, the Pakistani opening duo of Ali and Zaman made light work of the English bowlers as the visitors crossed the 50-run mark at the end of the mandatory powerplay.
"I think he (Amir) has a little bit of back spasm".
I thought - you know, probably every partnership we had struggled to take, I suppose, initiative to the Pakistan bowlers.
"Stop giving that lame excuse Eoin Morgan regarding the used pitch". India thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs in the teams' Champions Trophy tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4. Pakistan's fielding was noteworthy yesterday as they effected couple of run outs too.
"Cardiff's air was filled with the chants of #PakistanZindabad today".
If this becomes a trend, England will start to develop a reputation, but I believe we are some way from that.
"Getting England out for 211 is never easy because they have a wonderful balance to their side and we knew if we didn't take wickets they would score heavily", he added. Unable to hit out with the bat at the risk of England not using all their overs - despite constant temptation from Pakistan's well-drilled attack - Stokes did worse with the ball, going for 0-38 in his 3.1 overs.
"Sarfaraz needs to be told that he hasn't done anything special at all as Pakistan was forced to win the games by someone", he added.
Jonny Bairstow, the Test wicketkeeper, will miss the final T20 but Jos Buttler, who was part of England's previous Test side against India in Chennai, is available for all three matches. This is gone. "We have two (more group) matches".
England, who had won all three matches of Group A, succumbed to heart-wrenching defeat to Pakistan in the first semi-final on Wednesday.
Bairstow replaced Roy after the Surrey opener had managed just 51 runs in eight one-day worldwide innings so far this season.
"We're playing the first time in our life in a semi-final, so that is a fact, but also if it's pressure, I think India have got more pressure than us because the huge population is there, and people love cricket in India a lot", he said.