Mohammed Shami, making his comeback to the test side after 18 months, bowled a splendid spell on the third morning in Antigua to demolish the hosts. Shami displayed attributes of his good old self as he made the ball talk viciously. The Bengal pacer relied more on pace and bounce than swing in order to torment the West Indian top order, and the strategy worked big time.
Shami’s first victim of the day was dangerous batsman Darren Bravo, who couldn’t fend off a short delivery. The pacer followed it up with wickets of the experienced Marlon Samuels and Jermaine Blackwood to leave the hosts tottering in their first innings. While Samuels was caught behind, Blackwood was undone by a short delivery and ended up giving catching practice to the slip cordon.
Fans on Twitter were delighted with Shami’s fine display of pace bowling and below are some of the tweets.
Come on Shami ! In West Indies waalon ko Shama mat karna.Minimum 6 wickets Lena. Vegetarian is the best thing but#ShamiKababRocks
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 23, 2016
In the erstwhile home of fast bowling, an Indian fast bowler is getting wickets; not just with swing but with bounce. #Shami
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 23, 2016
Shami should be played regular..he is so fantastic with line and length just like Mcgrath
— Rajeev Choudhury (@RajeevChoudhury) July 23, 2016
— Agnimitra Ghosh (@ItsAgniSpeaking) July 23, 2016
The way #Shami bowl today, for a moment I thought that WI sirf शाम ही tak batting kar payegi
— Akshay (@AddictedToMSD) July 23, 2016
Shami is back #IndvsWI
— Dark Passenger (@iaminsomniac_) July 23, 2016
Mohammed Shami..watta bowler!
— CR7⚽ (@Sidian_Ash) July 23, 2016
Congratulations to Mohammed Shami fr becoming the joint fastest Indian pacer to take 50 wickets?& kudos fr today's 4 wkts out of 5#IndvsWI
— ??Shweta (@Shwetta_Indian) July 23, 2016
Excellent comeback from Shami
— Troll Cricket (@TrollCricket_) July 23, 2016
Mohammed shami coming back strong getting 4 of 5 Windes wicket #WIvIND
— imRagul 63 (@ragulragul413) July 23, 2016
What a come back by #Shami in test cricket! Great spell. WI team look so ordinary at this moment.
— Maddy (@AnkitTripathi5) July 23, 2016