England vs India 2018: 5th Test – Mohammed Shami Rues Luck for Not Getting Enough Wickets
Team India pacer Mohammed Shami admitted that it is frustrating to miss the edge so many times and still not get adequate wickets after returning 2/110 in England‘s second innings at Oval.
Meanwhile, Shami’s bowling figure does little justice to just how well he bowled. He beat the bat with great frequency but simply couldn’t find the edges. Furthermore, his woes doubled when Ishant Sharma left the field due to a ‘discomfort’. India hadn’t picked seam-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya for the game, which meant Shami bowled a lot of overs. He bowled a lot of overs as England set India a massive target of 464.
Mohammed Shami noted that it was frustrating to miss the edge so many times. He also added that one bowler short makes things tough for others but admitted that these are the part and parcel.
“It depends on luck sometimes,” Shami said. “As a bowler, your main target is to hit good areas consistently, especially with the new ball. Whether that yields wicket depends on luck, but it is certainly a bit frustrating… the ball beat the bat several times, but it’s fine, I’ve to accept the wickets I got.
“It is difficult when you’re one bowler short, and in these conditions, you’ll have to bowl since it is fast-bowler friendly. Yes, the load increases but it’s nothing so serious. It happens, bowlers feel discomfort and as a means of preventing injury, you leave the field. We have a great understanding in the bowling group in that regard,” Shami added.
Mohammed Shami Looking at the Positives
Despite the setback, Shami was willing to look at the positives. Furthermore, he feels he has improved significantly since the last tour of England in 2014.
“I’ve learnt a lot. When we had come here in 2014, we didn’t even have that much experience and we weren’t mature (as bowlers). This time, we watched a lot of videos of Jimmy Anderson and (Stuart) Broad to see where they pitched the ball, especially in English conditions. As compared to last time, we did better this time,” Shami concluded.
Mohammed Shami has finished the tour with 10 wickets to his name. Meanwhile, England seems poised to win in a fitting farewell for Alastair Cook after reducing England for 58 for three after setting a target of 464.
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