Karsan Ghavri Heaps Praise on ‘Improved’ Mohammed Shami
Former India pacer Karsan Ghavri has lauded the efforts of fast bowler Mohammed Shami for his decent outings in the limited-overs format. He added Shami is more at his prime with the ball.
Recently, he also achieved the milestone by becoming the fastest Indian bowler to clinch 100 scalps in the 50-over fold. He recorded the feat during the opener of the India vs New Zealand 2019 limited-overs series in Napier.
“Shami is an improved bowler (now) and is more focused on cricket. After whatever has happened to him in the last two years, he has come back very strongly. He is bowling (at) the best of his career,” Ghavri told PTI.
The 67-year-old Rajkot-born Ghavri maintained the prominent bowler Shami would be a quintessential figure for India in the upcoming 2019 World Cup. He feels he has gained some momentum.
“100 per cent. He should be in the squad for the World Cup because, in the English conditions, he will be a key bowler,” Ghavri added.
During the Test series against Australia, Shami bowled his heart out in Australia’s three-match ODI series. Owing to his precision, Shami made things miserable for the batters. He claimed six scalps in 50-over format in series Down Under before clinching nine wickets in four ODIs.
Shami bagged the Man of the Series award on Kiwis shores by impressing one and all with his line and lengths.
“Shami bowls regularly in (range of) 140-145 (kph), and if he keeps the accuracy, it is going to be handy for himself and the Indian team,” Ghavri.
India sealed the Netmeds ODI series 4-1.
Gharvi wants Shami to add a Yorker in his arsenal:
While talking about his precision, Ghavri maintained the way Shami is bowling he has the potential to generate the pace. He added if Shami could add a lethal Yorker in his bowling arsenal it would be spectacular, to say the least.
The right-arm fast bowler Shami has varieties to bamboozle batsman, and in Jasprit Bumrah absence he ruled the roost with the ball.
“He has got variety and can bowl in-swinger and out-swinger. Accuracy is also there. If he develops a good yorker, it will be like an icing on the cake. His line and length is good and can generate a good speed,” Ghavri said.
Meanwhile, Shami has returned home, as youngsters are featuring in the ongoing three-match Twenty20 International series against the Black Caps. The hosts lead the series 1-0 as Auckland will host the second ODI on Friday (February 8).
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