Mohammed Shami bowling spearhead of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) feels having a leader like KL Rahul as the captain has helped him a lot in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
Though bowlers have not had it so good in the tournament so far, Mohammed Shami has been an exception with eight wickets from four matches with the best figures of three for 15 and an impressive economy rate of 7.86 runs per over. Mohammed Shami has a decent average of 14.75 so far in IPL 2020.
Mohammed Shami Praised KL Rahul And Anil Kumble
The current purple cap holder in IPL 2020 was all praise for skipper KL Rahul and coach Anil Kumble whom he credited for his success.
“I’ve played with KL (Rahul) and have worked with Anil (Kumble) sir for a long time. And I believe that it gets easier for a captain to manage a player if you’ve that understanding from a long time,” Mohammed Shami said.
“And there are many players who’ve known each other in the squad. You just’ve to tell them once and they understand what they’re trying it. This has helped us perform well as a unit and one person has to come out as a leader and Rahul is the perfect man for it.
“He’s our keeper also which allows him to have a clear view of everyone,” Shami said in the Amstrad InsideSport Face 2 Face Cricket Series.
KL Rahul is the second-highest run-scorer in IPL 2020 after teammate Mayank Agarwal. Both have scored in excess of 200 runs which other players are yet to achieve so far. On the other hand, Mohammed Shami has 8 wickets which is 1 more than DC’s Kagiso Rabada and RCB’s Yuzvendra Chahal.
Mohammed Shami: Virat Kohli Is Clear And Gives Necessary Freedom To Bowlers
The 30-year-old also spoke about the lead role current Indian skipper Virat Kohli is taking in moulding the next generation of fast bowlers.
“I believe as a unit you need to trust one another. I think in international cricket, fast bowlers would definitely perform well when they’ve the backing from the captain and Virat (Kohli) is one such personality.
“Virat loves to take on a challenge. He is clear with what he wants and he gives us the freedom to play to our strength and backs us with our decisions as well which has helped us perform better.”
“Shami also had a word of caution for the aspiring young fast bowlers, “One should figure the kind of bowler you’re and then chose your idol. It’s important because if you aren’t a very fast bowler and you end up choosing the fastest in the world it’s only going to hamper your growth,” he said.
Virat Kohli of RCB is yet to fire as he has accumulated only 18 runs in three matches and will look forward to scoring in 3rd October’s match against Rajasthan Royals.