India vs New Zealand 2019: High-flying Mohammed Shami Hails ‘Team Effort’
Following a convincing eight-wicket win in the first One-day International (ODI) over hosts New Zealand in Napier, Team India’s premium paceman Mohammed Shami credited the all-round effort during the opener of India vs New Zealand 2019 ODI series.
“Till now, whatever we have achieved has been a team effort,” Shami told in the post-match presentation on Wednesday (January 23).
While banking on the spectacular show, India chased the revised target of 156 in 34.5 overs. The Men in Blue rode on a brilliant half-century from opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan apart from the spectacular show from the bowlers. Dhawan remained unbeaten on 75 off 103 deliveries, whereas, Ambati Rayudu scored 13 not out of 23 balls.
The wrist-spinner in Kuldeep Yadav has bagged four wickets. It further saw Shami settling with three scalps, as Chahal attributed it with two scalps.
India vs New Zealand 2019 – Shami on execution:
The visitors’ bowlers bowled with precision to run through the Black Caps’ batting order. He added the players often enjoy the success of each other.
Interestingly, Shami highlighted the importance of execution while adding there is always a plan B if A would not work on. He reiterated they settle down collectively for a decision.
“We enjoy each other’s success and are able to execute our plans. If we have a plan A that doesn’t work, there’s always a Plan B. As a bowling unit, we decide things together,” Shami said.
India vs New Zealand 2019 – Shami on his long lay-off:
In addition, Shami also became India’s fastest bowler to achieve 100 wickets in a fewer ODIs, to be precise it took him 56 matches. He surpassed Irfan Pathan, who registered the milestone in 59 ODIs.
Shami who shed light on his injury while remarking the support from the skipper Virat Kohli and management in itself has played an important role in boosting his morale.
“Injuries changed my outlook. I made a comeback after a long time and spent a good time at our rehab centre which is world class. The management and support staff have been really cooperative, as has been my captain who has always encouraged me,” Shami added on.
Owing to the Man of the Match performance, Shami is in good stead. He admitted the fact that grounds in Australia are bigger in size. However, he is excited to acclimatize to the conditions in New Zealand. He maintains the unit is happy to drop the first blood in ongoing India vs New Zealand 2019 limited-over series.
“Pitches were similar to Australia. But the grounds there were bigger and climate was warmer, here the venues are smaller with pleasant temperatures. Important to adapt and we’re enjoying it,” Shami signed off.
As visitors lead the five-match ODI series 1-0, the second fixture will be held at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on January 26 (Saturday).
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