Sri Lanka vs India 2017: I Rate Shami Among the Top Three Pacers in the World – Virat Kohli
Delighted with yet another impressive performance from Mohammed Shami, India skipper Virat Kohli has said the pace spearhead is among the top pacers in the world.
On a Pallekele pitch where the Sri Lankan pacers were hit all around the park, Mohammed Shami was too hot to handle for the hosts’, as the Bengal pacer finished the match with five wickets, wreaking havoc on the Sri Lanka’s top-order.
In the first innings, he sent back Sri Lanka’s openers – Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga cheaply before taking two quick wickets on the third day to set India on the path to victory.
India went on to win the third Test by an innings and 171 runs to complete its first overseas whitewash. Shami was also in fine form during the home season, consistently troubling the batsmen with his pace and swing before getting injured during the England series.
And Kohli feels the 26-year-old pacer can become the best in the world if he manages to keep injuries at bay.
“I rate Shami among the top three pacers in the world. When he makes up his mind to come up and bowl like that, he can bowl at pace. It’s just not reckless bowling. He can become one of the best Pacers in the world provided he can stay away from injuries. We all enjoy seeing him bowling on the field,” Kohli said in the post-match press conference.
The series win against Sri Lanka is India’s eighth consecutive win. Prior to the series, India defeated Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand England, Bangladesh and Australia. Kohli said the reason behind the team’s consistent performance is avoiding complacency.
“The reason we have been successful so far is because we treat a cricket game like a cricket game — you won’t see reckless cricket regardless of who we play against. You cannot raise or lower your intensity because that, I feel, is disrespecting the sport,” Kohli said.
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