Mohammad Shami and Mohammed Siraj
Mohammad Shami and Mohammed Siraj Credits: Twitter

Indian pacer Mohammad Shami praised his bowling partner Mohammed Siraj for exceptional bowling in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah. The 29-year-old is the world’s No.1 pacer in the ODI format and has been providing India with crucial breakthroughs in the early part of the innings.

After the match, Mohammed Shami was asked at a press conference, about bowling with Mohammed Siraj and India’s bowling attack across formats.

“It has been a long time since Bumrah has not been playing. It is our hard luck that he is not there. But we have a very good overall bowling unit for both white and red balls. We support each other a great deal,” Mohammad Shami said.

Not very long ago, Mohammed Siraj was not a regular member of the team in any format. However, things have changed completely in recent months thanks to his stunning and consistent performances. Speaking on Siraj’s rise in International cricket, Mohammad Shami said Siraj has a lot of confidence in bowling and asserted the importance of bowling in pairs.

“Siraj has been playing for a while, he has the confidence. It is important to see how well the other bowler is doing when bowling in partnerships. We try to bowl as tight as possible, keeping the ball in specific patches. As a senior bowler, you have to lead the way,”  Shami added.

Mohammad Siraj
Mohammad Siraj Credits: Twitter

Speaking about the match, Stifling Test-match style bowling from Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj caused damage for the Australian team. Mohammed Shami (3/17) and Mohammed Siraj (3/29) made life tough for the batters with their high-quality seam bowling.

On chasing a total of 189 runs, India made a disastrous start following a fiery spell from Mitchell Starc picking up three important wickets including Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, and Surya Kumar Yadav. KL Rahul and the comeback of Ravindra Jadeja stitched an unbeaten stand of 108 runs to take India to victory in the 1st ODI against Australia.

There Have Been High-Scoring Matches In Wankhede – Mohammad Shami

Indian speedster Mohammad Shami, speaking about the Wankhede pitch, Shami said that the pitch offers good bounce and the ball comes to bat very well as it provides even contest with the bat and ball.

“If you see overall then there have been high-scoring matches as well here. The pitches here have good bounce, the ball comes nicely on the bat too, (big) runs are also scored here at this venue,”  Shami said.

The second ODI is scheduled to be played on Sunday in Visakhapatnam. India will be looking to seal the series by winning the upcoming game. The hosts will be boosted by the return of their skipper Rohit Sharma for the game after he missed the series opener due to family commitments.