Mohammad Shami has said that the entire credit for his success goes to his late father, who had passed away in 2017.
Mohammad Shami’s remarks came as he took a five-wicket haul in the ongoing first Test against South Africa at the SuperSport Park, Centurion. Along the way, the pacer also completed 200 wickets in the longest format of the game.
Mohammad Shami: Celebration After Reaching 200 Wickets Mark Was For Late Father Who Passed Away In 2017
Mohammad Shami bagged a five-wicket haul, the sixth in his career, helping India bundle out the hosts for 197. Mohammad Shami is now the 11th Indian bowler to pick up 200 or more wickets and only the fifth fast bowler to reach the milestone. He is only behind Kapil Dev (434), Ishant Sharma (311), Zaheer Khan (311), and Javagal Srinath (236), at the moment.
“The celebration after reaching the 200 wickets mark was for my father, he had passed away in 2017. The entire credit for my success goes to him, I had a very good upbringing. I just wanted to credit my father as he was there for me throughout,” Mohammad Shami told bowling coach Paras Mhambrey.
“I was just thinking about how good the effort has been, I felt it would be nice if I can get a five-wicket haul. I also reached the 200 wickets landmark in Test cricket, it is a nice and proud feeling. When I took 100 wickets in Tests, I thought I have achieved something, after 200, I am feeling very good and I just hope to keep on performing for the side. The more you enjoy your cricket, performances keep on coming,” he added.
India might have lost Mayank Agarwal’s at the cusp of the stumps but the visitors still ended Day Three of the first Test against South Africa in the driver’s seat on Tuesday. India had bundled out South Africa for 197 in the third session before the hosts lost Mayank Agarwal’s wicket minutes before the end of the play. Shardul Thakur, KL Rahul then took India to 16/1 at stumps with a lead of 146 runs.
Jasprit Bumrah Twisted His Ankle In A Nasty Manner And Walked Off Field Before Resuming Bowling Later
Mohammad Shami (16-5-44-5) and his pace bowling colleagues Jasprit Bumrah (7.2-2-16-2), Mohammed Siraj (15.1-3-45-1), and Shardul Thakur (11-1-51-2) further enhanced their reputation as world-beaters by dismissing the Proteas for mere 197.
Jasprit Bumrah, in his follow-through, twisted his ankle in a nasty manner and walked off the field to receive medical treatment. After delivering the fifth ball of his 6th over, Jasprit Bumrah twisted his ankle and immediately went down on the ground in immense pain. He later joined the action towards the closing stages of the 2nd session.