I Would Have Hated To Face Mohammed Shami - Ravi Shastri
India’s head coach Ravi Shastri stated he would have hated to face a bowler like Mohammed Shami during his playing days. Shami has been in sublime form and made a roaring comeback to professional cricket after suffering from personal issues. The gun fast bowler has been right on the money in the recent past and the results have been palpable.
Shami had scalped a five-wicket haul in the second innings of the first Test match. The right-arm pacer had got the ball to reverse swing and four out of his five dismissals came via bowled. The talisman has a great record of bowling in the second essay and continued the same in the first Test at Visakhapatnam.
Shastri said Shami is always in the face of the batsmen.
“To bounce back from personal issues and bowl the way he did was remarkable. He is relentless, very skillful and at you all the time. I would have hated to face him.
“He is at you all the time, he is very skillful and in conditions like yesterday few bowlers in the world are better than him,” Ravi Shastri was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
Mohammed Shami has been the pick of the Indian bowlers in the recent past. Furthermore, he was able to make a stunning comeback in the white-ball format as he was able to hit the ground running.
had also heaped praise on the Bengal pacer for his second innings show.
“Shami has been the strike bowler for us in the 2nd innings consistently now. If you see all his 4, 5-wicket hauls, it comes in the 2nd innings where the team invariably needs it. He reverses it well. That’s his strength,” Virat Kohli said.
Since 2018, Shami has scalped 23 wickets in 16 innings while bowling in the first dig at an average of 37.56. However, Shami’s average drops to 17.70 in the second innings (15 times he has bowled) as he has taken 40 wickets. Thus, there is a day and night difference between the Shami – the first innings bowler and Shami – the second innings bowler.
India will play the second Test match at Pune against South Africa from tomorrow.