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India’s fast bowler Mohammed Shami has revealed his secret of second innings success in Test matches. Shami has produced great numbers while bowling in the second innings. The Bengal pacer feels it is his ability to step on the accelerator when everybody is tired in the second innings. Shami is fit as a fiddle and he added that he can step on when everybody else has less fuel left in the tank.
Mohammed Shami has scalped 180 wickets in 49 Test matches at an average of 27.36. However, Shami is a different bowler altogether when he is bowling in the second essay. The right-arm pacer has snared 88 wickets in the second innings and his average drops down to impressive 21.98. Shami has taken five five-wicket hauls in his Test career and four of them have come while bowling in the second dig.
Mohammed Shami has bowled with fire in the second innings
On the other hand, Shami has bagged 92 wickets in the first innings at an average of 32.50.
I use the game very smartly in the second innings. Like in the recent match we played in Vizag (against South Africa) where I got a five-for, the pitch was pretty dead and wasn’t offering any bounce,” Shami told former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta on Cricketbaazi, a talk show on ESPNcricinfo
“….you need to use the available conditions smartly. I am usually pumped up in the second innings when everyone else is tired.
“Everyone has spent three days in the field. Diesel engines take time to pick up compared to petrol ones. I wait patiently for everyone to tire out. You have five days in a Test match. Once everyone is tired, I step up.”
Mohammed Shami has done a fine job for the Indian team and his stats in the second innings are really impressive. Shami has the best seam position in the world and he can consistently bowl above 140 km/h to trouble the batsman. The right-arm pacer will like to continue the good show when he will make a comeback into the national colors.
Furthermore, Shami has also delivered the goods in the limited-overs format. Thus, the 29-year is a pivotal cog for the Indian team in all the three forms of the game. Shami has scalped 144 wickets in 77 ODI matches at an average of 25.42.