“Indian wickets are always good enough for fast bowlers”: Mohammed Shami
Spinners are always expected to dominate in India but on Day 1 of the second Test against Australia, the most successful bowler Mohammed Shami believes that home conditions also help the pacers a lot. Shami took four wickets to help India restrict Australia to 263. Spinners Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin took three wickets each. At the start of the innings, Shami consistently targeted the good length region which helped him get rid of David Warner.
Towards the end of the innings, Shami reversed the ball and cleaned up the tail with the wickets of Nathan Lyon and debutant Matthew Kuhnmann.
“You don’t see too much of a difference with wickets in India. If you can get help with the new ball and reverse the old ball… as a fast bowler, the main thing in Indian conditions is that What zone are you in. Bowling and you have to maintain the pace at all times.
Shami told the media after the end of the game, “The pitch here is not much different from Nagpur, although runs were coming for Australia (in the morning session). But I tried to bowl in the right areas. “
The likes of Shami and Mohammed Siraj have been equally lethal in home conditions. The 32-year-old from Amroha attributed the pacers’ success in India to their hard work in domestic cricket.
“We all come from domestic cricket. All the fast bowlers have done well and they know how to exploit the home conditions. It would not be correct to say that Indian conditions are more suited to spinners or fast bowlers.”
“Even in domestic cricket recently, fast bowlers have done well. The focus should be on maintaining line and length and pace. That allows you to be successful in all conditions. Even on Indian wickets But there is also a lot. If nothing, you will get the reverse.” , you will get reverse swing),” he said with a hearty laugh.
Asked how the pitch was behaving from both ends, he said: “Not much difference. The Indian wickets are on the slower side, but still good enough for the fast bowlers.” The fast bowlers, especially Siraj, used the short ball on the first day. Shami said that it is not always necessary for the bowlers to have a lively wicket to use the bouncers.
“We’ve been told from early days that Indian pitches don’t help fast bowlers. But the short ball is always a good weapon in India. If it beats the batsman it’s good, and if the player has to play on it , so it’s even better, with short leg on,” Shami said.
He also highlighted the importance of pairing in fast bowling. With Jasprit Bumrah ruled out due to injury, Shami stitched a powerful partnership with Siraj.
“The comparison is not fair, bowlers come and go. We will also go. Bowling in pairs is very important. We have seen the benefits of this in Indian cricket in the last six-seven years. We enjoy each other’s success. And that’s the main reason.” for group performance. How much would India post in reply to Australia’s 263? He said, “The opponent has only one fast bowler. We just need to be careful with the bounce and turn. If we can get a small lead, it will be great for us.” PTI BS BS AH AH
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