Mohammed Shami, the Indian bowling spearhead who was named in the ICC ODI team of the year on Wednesday expressed that he was pleased with his performance. Shami, who has taken 38 wickets in 16 games, has emerged to be the highest wicket-taker in the ODIs this year. His performances against New Zealand, England and West Indies showed that he is a serious bet for the future. 

During an interview with TOI, Shami said: 

Every player dreams of this moment. I am proud of this achievement. I performed well this year and that has been rewarded. I am young and relatively new to the team, so such moments boost your confidence.”

“It feels good to be at the top. It’s a huge thing. I was able to accomplish all my goals this year and I will try my best to keep performing for India.

Shami, who is focussing on improving his death-bowling skills, feels that one of the major reasons behind his success has been his approach. 

I do not go by the name or stature of the batsman. I don’t think about who is facing me. I focus on taking advantage of his weakness. I have played against many top batsmen. My approach varies from situation to situation. You feel the pressure sometimes and are not able to execute your plan. Then, you just want to finish your over. It’s better to focus on what I can control. I enjoy playing all the formats. Tests give you more options to experiment. But in the end, it’s all about mindset,” he quoted

Shami was forced to miss the first three ODIs against Sri Lanka due to a slight discomfort in his right foot’s toe but is now fit and raring to go for the Australian Series and the World Cup 2015

He said: 

I felt a slight discomfort in my right foot’s toe after the first ODI against West Indies at Kochi. However, now I am fully fit. 

“The tour of Australia is very important for us. If we manage to win that series then our confidence level will be pretty high going into the World Cup. Our team is relatively young and we believe we can chase or defend any target. All teams are good. We do not focus on any specific opponent or compete with other teams. We focus on improving our game and playing better cricket.” 


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