Indian Bowling Unit Had Given Major Headaches To Oppositions, Says Mohammed Shami
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Indian Bowling Unit Had Given Major Headaches To Oppositions, Says Mohammed Shami

Indian pacer Mohammed Shami (Photo | PTI)
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami (Photo | PTI)

Mohammed Shami has stated that opposition teams have got confused and are having major headaches due to the quality bowling unit of the current Indian cricket team. Mohammed Shami said oppositions are confused about whether to prepare spinning or seaming tracks for India.

Mohammed Shami has stated that opposition teams are confused over the type of wickets they should prepare for the current Indian cricket team.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammed Shami: Opposition Dread India’s Bowling Attack Too

Mohammed Shami, who has made a comeback to the India Test squad for England tour after recovering from an injury which he incurred during the Australia series last year, has said that the quality of the Indian bowling unit has given headaches to the opposition teams lately.

The 30-year-old, who has 180 wickets from 50 Test matches, added that oppositions have always been aware of the mighty Indian batting line-up, but now they dread the bowling unit too.

“I have always felt this way. Be it our spinners or our pacers our unit is such that it confuses those foreign teams as to the kind of wicket they should prepare for us. If they give us a spinning track they know that Indians are famous for their spinners.

“But today, even if they give us a seaming track they are aware that Indian pacers are not going to let them breathe. The unit has created major headaches to oppositions.”

India's Ishant Sharma
India’s Ishant Sharma (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP) / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE

“They know our batting might but now they are troubled by the bowlers too, unable to understand how they should manage our bowlers. ‘Should we give a spinning track or seaming track, they are confused.’ We accept that we have 3-4 quality spinners and 3-4 quality pacers, now you give us whatever you want to,” Shami told Cricbuzz.

Not long ago, a depleted Indian team defeated Australia in Australia with a 2-1 margin. Apart from pacer Ishant Sharma who was not there due to injury concerns and regular skipper Virat Kohli who played the 1st Test only and was granted paternity leave, the likes of Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, and KL Rahul got injured at different junctures of the tournament.

Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane marshalled a very young and experienced side to hand Australia their first Test defeat in Gabba since 1988. Mohammed Siraj led the Indian pace attack which included Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, and debutant T Natarajan.

India Lost The Test Series Against New Zealand And Will Try To Make Amends In The WTC Final Against The Kiwis

Notably, India has lost only 1 out of their 8 Test series since October 2018. The period includes a back-to-back series win against Australia in Australia. Virat Kohli’s team lost their only series in New Zealand. They have the opportunity to avenge the loss by winning the final of the inaugural World Test championship which will be played in Southampton from June 18. The summit clash will be followed by a 5-match Test series against England.

ICC World Test Championship mace
File photo of ICC World Test Championship mace. Image Source ICC

In case India wins the WTC final and then seals a Test series win against hosts England, the team’s stature in world cricket will grow with more authenticity. Fans and experts are already excited to see the Indian bowlers with the Dukes in their hands. India last won a Test series in England in 2007.

Squad For WTC Final And England Test Series: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav

KL Rahul and Wriddhiman Saha subject to fitness

Standby players: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla