Mohammed Shami, who was at his fiery best on the opening day of the first Test against England, said that his team was in a ‘good position’ after bowling out the hosts for 183.
England skipper Joe Root’s decision to bat first backfired badly as India pacers led by Jasprit Bumrah (4/46) and Mohammed Shami (3/28) put up an impressive show to bowl out the hosts for 183 runs in the opening Test at Nottingham on Wednesday.
Mohammed Shami: India Is In A Good Position Having Dismissed Hosts England To Only 183 Which Is A Good Performance
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul provided a solid start after India dismissed England for only 183 runs. Jasprit Bumrah took four wickets whereas Mohammad Shami bagged three wickets to put India in front.
“Obviously because 183 as per me we should make a good score and take the lead. We are in a good position, because any team you bowl out for 183 at its home is a good performance,” Shami said at the post-day press conference.
“Now the thing is that we need to focus on the first hour and according to me the ball has not done much, the way we bowled in the day, we bowled in the right length, and accordingly you have got wickets. I think, we need to focus, and (it) doesn’t matter whether it is 183 or 283, you need to focus a bit and need to add runs,” the right-arm speedster added.
Injury-stricken India, yet to get their reinforcements, took on England in the first Test from Wednesday 4th August with hopes of ending a streak of series losses that extend to 2011. Even as they have conquered Australia twice over the last decade, India has managed to win just two of the 14 Tests they have played in England.
They have drawn one and lost 12. It will be a tough task to beat England in England considering that India is struggling to find an opener to provide stability and a pace-bowling all-rounder who can bring in the balance.
Mohammed Shami: India Should Play The First Hour Of The 2nd Day With Caution And Mustn’t Lose Focus
At the Stumps, India was 21 without losing any wickets. India’s openers Rohit Sharma (9 not out) and KL Rahul (9 not out) negotiated the burst of English pacers in the evening session. Mohammed Shami stressed that the batsmen would need to focus in the first hour.
“Our first innings, the bowling part is over. Our batting part is left. I will say only one thing, you need to play the first hour with caution, because you should not lose your focus, be in control, so the first thing is to achieve this score and then think about the lead. The main focus will be to score 183 and after that whatever comes,” the speedster added.
Earlier on Wednesday, England’s decision to bat first backfired as they got bowled out for 183 in 65.4 overs, the third-lowest total a team has managed against India on the first day of a Test match outside Asia. Four of their batsmen got out without scoring, a first for England against India in a Test innings on home soil.
Rory Burns, Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler, and Ollie Robinson were sent packing by Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Shardul Thakur before they could even open their accounts in Nottingham. Jasprit Bumrah finished as the standout bowler for India with 4 wickets for 46 runs while Mohammed Shami bagged 3 for 28 and Shardul Thakur finished with 2 for 41 in just 13 overs.
England captain Joe Root was the only batsman who could deal with the pace and swing of the Indian speedsters. Joe Root scored his 50th fifty in the format and ended up with 64 runs off 108 balls while Jonny Bairstow (29), Zak Crawley (27), and Sam Curran (27 not out) managed to reach the twenties but the rest failed miserably against the Indian pace trio.