Mohammad Shami has been one of the keys in India’s bowling attack for the past few years. He had played a crucial role along with his counterparts Ishant and Bumrah when India clinched 4 match test series 2-1 against Australia in their home in 2018-2019.
The trio of Shami, Ishant and Bumrah has been lethal in the last two years for India overseas as well as on home soil.
They have been on the money on the tours of South Africa, England, Australia and at home against the South Africans before India’s last tour in New Zealand earlier this year.
Since 2018, the Indian pace attack besides having the most number of wickets also has the best average. They have managed to grab 292 wickets in 24 matches at an average of 21.33.
Also, the trio of Jasprit Bumrah (68), Mohammed Shami(61) and Ishant Sharma (53) top the list among the bowlers with most wickets in away test matches in the last two years.
He credits this success to the Indian bowling group who are enjoying each other success.
“The success of this group is largely because of the camaraderie we share among ourselves. There is no real secret as such but it lies in each other’s strengths. We have a common goal and all of us look to collectively achieve that. There is a healthy competition but there is no rivalry within the group,” said Mohammad Shami in an interview with BCCI.tv.
“If you look at the numbers, we have managed to pick 20 wickets almost on all our away tours. Even at home in the Freedom Trophy(against South Africa) or the pink-ball Test(against Bangladesh), the fast bowling group was very effective. We have a lot of discussion among ourselves. We hunt in pairs,” he added further.
Personally also, Shami has been accurate as ever. He had a good IPL season for Kings XI Punjab managing Yorkers and turning the game in the Super Over defending 5 runs against 5-time champions now Mumbai Indians.
“Being able to defend just 5 runs against two most explosive batsmen (Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock) is thoroughly satisfying. There is no margin for error when the target is so small. I don’t think anybody would have given us a chance against such top-class batters. I remained hopeful and backed my skills,” said Shami.
On executing Yorkers he said that you have to very precise when bowling yorkers. “When you are bowling yorkers there is a chance that you will end up bowling a low full toss, but I am happy I could execute my skills,” said the KXIP bowler.
Coming from a good IPL outing, his rhythm is set and he is looking to repeat India’s heroics back in 2020 when India take on the first of the four-match test series in Adelaide starting December 17. He took 16 wickets at an average of 26.18 during India’s maiden Test series win in Australia in 2018-19.
“We are going to have a long tour starting with the white ball followed by pink and red ball Tests. My focus area has been the red ball and I am working on my lengths and seam movement. I have always felt that once you start pitching the ball at the lengths you desire, you can succeed in different formats. What you need is control. I have done well with the white-ball and now spending time in the nets bowling with the red ball.”