Who impressed Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami, the right arm fast bowler is well known after his explosive five-wicket haul during his Test debut against West Indies in 2013, November. Currently, he is playing for India against England in the ongoing five-match Test series. While in England Shami confessed he has learned a lot watching a certain English player.
That player is none other than James Anderson. Yes, the English bowler amazed Shami by how easily he can deceive batsmen with his cunning planning even if he’s not that fast. On the eve of their 4th Test match, Shami congratulated and wished Anderson all the very best for the upcoming match. Right now Anderson is just seven wickets away from becoming the highest ever wicket-taker in international cricket, surpassing Glen McGrath who has the record of 563 wickets.
Records are meant to be broken, and he will be proud when James Anderson goes past his, says Glenn McGrath.
— ICC (@ICC) August 27, 2018
While talking to reporters on Tuesday, Shami revealed that the thing about Anderson that amazes him the most was his technique. Anderson doesn’t have the same pace as us (Indian bowlers), yet he is able to take many wickets. Shami said he observed at what lengths Anderson bowled to understand that. The main thing Shami learned was that Anderson changed his bowling style according to the condition.
Shami continued the interview by saying no matter where the player came from the very first thing to see was how he worked in home conditions. Another very important thing Shami learned from Anderson was the importance of being accurate.
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The current situation
Shami emphasized the importance of speed bowlers, he said it was their job to deliver in these conditions. He said the proof of how hard they work could be seen during the South Africa series where they got 60 wickets in three Tests.
When asked about the criticism Virat gets for his chop and change policy in Test matches, Shami responded by saying it was all for the benefit of the players. It was because of Virat’s chop and change policy why the team has such a strong bench strength. Currently, all the bowlers can bowl for extended periods of time. Virat’s policy benefits the players as it gives them time to rest and recover.
While talking about the pace attackers on the team, Shami said that the pace attack they had was very effective as the bowlers can bowl any delivery. Another name came into question was R. Ashwin. The bowler had been struggling with a groin strain since the first Test match. Even though he did show up for practice and did bowl at nets, the management hasn’t confirmed his involvement in the 4th test match.