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Indian cricket team Head Coach Ravi Shastri opines about the Mohammed Shami after his performance in the first Test match against South Africa played in Visakhapatnam.
India has registered the lead in the three-match Test Series against South Africa after winning the first Test. Overall the Indian team gave a good performance. Dominant India set the fourth innings target of 395 runs. The visitors were bundled out on 191 runs with the help of Shami’s five-wicket haul.
Shami showed tremendous performance on the fifth day. He picked crucial wickets of Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock. He became the fifth Indian pacer after Karsan Ghavri, Kapil Dev, Madan Lal and Javagal Srinath to pick up a five-wicket haul in the 4th innings of a Test match at home.
Mohammed Shami is relentless and very skilful: Ravi Shastri
The fast bowler is also facing problem in personal life but then also he is doing his job perfectly. Ravi Shastri is very much impressed with his performance after so many ups and downs. He also opines that he would hate to face Shami in the field as he bowls so well.
“To bounce back from personal issues and bowl the way he did was remarkable. He is relentless, very skilful and at you all the time. I would have hated to face him.”
“He is at you all the time, he is very skilful and in conditions like yesterday few bowlers in the world are better than him,” Ravi Shastri was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
Virat Kohli also said that Shami is the crucial part of the team in the Test matches. He has taken the wickets when needed by the team.
“Shami has been the strike bowler for us in the 2nd innings consistently now. If you see all his 4, 5-wicket hauls, it comes in the 2nd innings where the team invariably needs it. He reverses it well. That’s his strength,” Virat Kohli said.
Meanwhile, India is ready to face South Africa in the second Test match in Pune. The proteas will also give their best to make a comeback in the Test series.