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One of India’s most improved pacers in the last couple of years, Mohammed Shami has highlighted a key difference in the Indian bowling unit of the present and past. Recently, former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid had said that the current Indian fast bowling unit is the best that the country has ever had.
The Indian fast bowling unit, especially in Test cricket, has gone on to rule the world. The last 2-3 years have seen a rise in quality in the Indian fast bowlers, and they have become the most lethal pace attack in the world. A glimpse of it was evident during India’s tour of Australia in 2018 when the India National Cricket Team won its maiden Test series in Australia as the Indian bowlers rattled through the Aussie batting line up.
Now, Mohammed Shami has made a very valid point while highlighting a major change that has come up in the Indian bowling unit.
Mohammed Shami Opens Up On A Key Change In The Indian Bowling Unit
“There is a difference in culture in the teams of the past and now. There used to be one or two bowlers who could clock 140kmph regularly. We have to accept that we didn’t have a fast-bowling culture in the past. But now touchwood, we have 5-6 bowlers who can regularly bowl at 140-plus,” said Shami on India Today’s TV show ‘Salaam Cricket 2020’.
“They have the pace, swing, bounce; everything is there. We are happy that this unit has great bonding, we crack jokes on the ground stay together, and the biggest thing now is that opponents now think a lot about what kind of pitches they want to offer the Indian team when we travel abroad.” Mohammed Shami added.
People Used To Call Me Lazy And Moody In My Initial Days: Mohammed Shami
“When I was new to domestic cricket, even in Ranji Trophy, people used to call me lazy and moody. But when this 2.0 tag was attached to me, they have been asking me what have I done differently, what has been the change? They used to pull my leg earlier by calling me lazy, but my performance even back then was fine. But now when my performance has improved, with the 2.0 tag, the questions have changed,” Shami said.
“I never targetted playing for India because I had been rejected several times from the UP team. I was just determined to play the Ranji Trophy. Now they ask me what have you done to change yourself. I used to perform well then, but now with Shami 2.0, they ask me what has changed?” Mohammed Shami concluded.