India’s gun fast bowler Mohammed Shami has revealed that he, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah all want to bowl with the new ball. When the pace trio is unable to decide which two bowlers should open the attack, they consult their captain Virat Kohli. Meanwhile, on the previous tour of Australia, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah had opened the attack whereas Shami had bowled first change.
Shami has the perfect seam position and he can get the extra bounce from the surface. Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah rely more on swing whereas Shami is more dependent on the seam movement.
Mohammed Shami has done a fine job
The right-arm pacer from Bengal has done a fine job for the team in the recent past and he has been a consistent performer in all the three forms of the game.
“All three of us — Ishant (Sharma), (Jasprit) Bumrah, and I want to bowl with a new ball. When we are not able to choose, we approach Virat to decide,” Shami said on ESPNCricinfo’s chat show ‘Cricketetbaazi’.
Shami revealed that Kohli has faith in the pace trio and tells them to decide between themselves.
“But he throws the ball back in our court saying whatever you all decide is fine by me,” he said.
Meanwhile, India’s pace battery has been right on the money in the last two years and they have done a fine job for the team. The bowlers have worked hard on their fitness and they have been able to deliver the goods. A lot of credit also goes to bowling coach Bharat Arun, who has got the best out of the bowlers.
The pace trio was at their best on the previous tour of Australia. The triplet had scalped 48 wickets collectively in the four matches and had played a key role in India’s first triumph on the Australian soil.
Mohammed Shami has scalped 180 wickets in 49 Test matches at an average of 27.36 and he would like to continue his good show going. Ishant Sharma has been at the top of his game in the last two years whereas Jasprit Bumrah has had a great start to his Test career as he has scalped 68 wickets in 14 Test matches.