Indian pacer Mohammed Shami dominated in the fourth innings of recently concluded Visakhapatnam Test. Former Indian cricketer Chetan Sharma has praised Shami and claimed that Shami is the present no.1 reverse swing bowler in the world.
Indian team dominated in the opening Test of the three-match home Test series against South Africa at Visakhapatnam. The 29-year-old right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami was one of the top performers in that game.
Shami had the wicketless bowling figures (0/47) during South Africa’s first innings in that match. However, he dominated in the fourth innings of that Test match. While South Africa had to score 395 runs in the fourth innings to win that game, Shami’s brilliant five-wicket haul destroyed the visitors and they were all out on 191 runs. In that innings, Mohammed Shami had the bowling figures of 10.5-2-35-5.
Reverse swing is a matter of accuracy: Chetan Sharma
Chetan Sharma highly praised Mohammed Shami for his recent bowling performance. The former Indian cricketer believes that Shami is the best reverse swing bowler in the present world. Sharma has also described how the reverse swing is tough and how Shami is gaining success.
He told Khaleej Times, “I think he (Shami) is now the number one reverse swing bowler in the world. He has got a very good idea about using the old ball. Only those fast bowlers who have got good control over reverse swing can bowl well in the fourth innings.
“The ball tends to lose its shine faster in the fourth innings and there are a lot of wear and tear on a fifth-day pitch. He is very accurate. Reverse swing is a matter of accuracy. If you get reverse swing, but if you don’t get the line right, you will not get a wicket. So your accuracy has to be top class. This is where Shami is always on target.”
During the Visakhapatnam Test, Mohammed Shami became the fifth Indian pacer to claim a five-wicket haul in the fourth innings of the home Test. Since November 1996, it was the first time when an Indian pacer managed a five-wicket haul in the fourth innings of the home Test.
Mohammed Shami has taken 158 Test wickets in 43 Tests. Out of these, he has taken 39 wickets in the fourth innings with the incredible bowling average of 19.71.
No doubt the BCCI has been very smart now when it comes to handling the fast bowlers
Chetan Sharma has also praised the Indian team management for managing the pacers very well with the help of a great rotation policy.
Sharma added, “Now they have a great rotation policy. Someone like Ishant (Sharma) only plays Test cricket. Now the team is also introducing new bowlers in T20s. But in our time, they didn’t have such policy. There was Kapil Dev, me and Manoj Prabhakar. There is no doubt the BCCI has been very smart now when it comes to handling the fast bowlers. They are doing a very good job.”
Chetan Sharma played 23 Tests and 65 ODIs for India from 1983 to 1994. He was the first bowler to claim a hat-trick in the Cricket World Cup history (against New Zealand in 1987 CWC). It was also the first hat-trick in international cricket by an Indian bowler.