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Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Aakash Chopra Picked 3 Major Takeaways From India-New Zealand Bilateral T20I Series

Aakash Chopra picked three major takeaways from the recently-concluded three-match T20I series between India and New Zealand, where the Rohit Sharma-led home side registered a 3-0 whitewash with a 73-run win at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Rohit Sharma and his Team India side may have thumped New Zealand 3-0 to register yet another T20I series whitewash. However, they still have a couple of areas to sort, according to former cricketer Aakash Chopra.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: Rohit Sharma And KL Rahul Must Always Open And Finger Spin Can Work In T20s

His first major takeaway was that India should retain their opening pair of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, who scored a half-century stand in the opener in Jaipur before smashing a record 117-run stand in the second game. India, however, rested KL Rahul for the final inconsequential tie in Kolkata, picking Ishan Kishan as the opener, but Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan once again added a 69 run stand for the first wicket.

KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma---Image: Twitter
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma—Image: Twitter

Aakash Chopra advised India to neither think of left-right combinations nor think about match-ups, as they did in the game against New Zealand in the T20 World Cup final, which they lost.

Aakash Chopra opined, “Rohit-Rahul must always open. Don’t think of left-right or match-ups.”

 

Aakash Chopra then opined, “Finger spin can work in T20s. Ashwin-Axar-Santner. And it’s okay for LAS to bowl to LHB.”

Axar Patel picked four wickets in three games at an economy rate of just 6, while Ravichandran Ashwin, who was rested for the final game, picked three wickets in two matches at an economy rate of just 5.25. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner, picked as many wickets as Axar Patel, conceding at 6.58 runs per over. However, Aakash Chopra said that it’s completely fine for a left-arm spinner to bowl to the left-handed batsman.

Aakash Chopra: India’s Middle Order Far From Being Sorted

In his final takeaway, the veteran former cricketer admitted that India still needs to work on their middle-order (No.4 to 7), who scored only 51 runs off 45 balls, laced with three boundaries and one six, in the third T20I with Rishabh Pant scoring a mere 4 off 6.

Aakash Chopra said,” India’s Middle Order far from sorted. Will take time.” 

Aakash Chopra feels that it will take time for India to sort it out. India will still have a lot of T20I series to work out their best XI, with star players like Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah yet to join.

In Virat Kohli’s absence, Suryakumar Yadav batted at number 3 on a couple of occasions and shared success and failure on respective occasions(63 runs average 21 in 3 games). Rishabh Pant also failed to deliver on a couple of occasions(33 runs average 33 in 3 games).

Venkatesh Iyer was tested as the finisher, but he failed to live up to the hype on his debut series( 36 runs average 18 in 3 games). Moreover, Shreyas Iyer didn’t bat at his ideal position throughout the series(30 runs in 2 innings average 15). Aakash Chopra said fixing the middle-order will take time.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer – Getty Images

On his first assignment as Team India’s permanent head coach, Rahul Dravid guided his team to a 3-0 clean sweep over the 2021 T20 World Cup finalist. India played dominant cricket throughout the series as Kane Williamson-less New Zealand failed to give a tough challenge to the hosts.

India beat New Zealand by 73 runs in the 3rd inconsequential T20I to complete the whitewash in a comprehensive fashion. The team management gave a chance to a couple of young players in the series as the seniors like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Ravindra Jadeja were rested to manage their workload.

India 184 for 7 (Rohit 56, Kishan 29, Chahar 21*, Santner 3-27) beat New Zealand 111 (Guptill 51, Axar 3-9, Harshal 2-23) by 73 runs

Harshal Patel picked up the key wickets of Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips BCCI.
Harshal Patel picked up the key wickets of Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips BCCI.
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Harshal Patel Will Fight For The Death Bowling Spot With Veteran Jasprit Bumrah, Says Robin Uthappa

Robin Uthappa, the wicket-keeper batsman, praised RCB pacer IPL 2021 purple cap holder Harshal Patel’s performance on his debut for Team India against New Zealand in Ranchi. The seamer claimed figures of 2-25 and was one of the pick of the bowlers in his very first outing.

Robin Uthappa named Harshal Patel on par with Jasprit Bumrah when it came to bowling in the death overs. The seamer was given a specific role by the Royal Challengers Bangalore management as a death-over specialist. He did justice to the role by picking up 32 wickets in the campaign.

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel (Image Credit: Twitter)

Robin Uthappa: Harshal Patel Will Fight For The Death Bowling Spot With Veteran Jasprit Bumrah; Daniel Vettori: India Will Be More Formidable With The New Duo

The Purple Cap holder in IPL 2021 was not considered for the T20 World Cup 2021. However, he managed to earn a maiden call-up to the national team, with primary seamers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami being rested for the T20I series against New Zealand. An injury to Mohammad Siraj in the first T20I meant that he availed the opportunity to feature in blue.

Robin Uthappa said: “If you would consider just a death bowling spot, then Harshal Patel is right up there for me along with Bumrah. The kind of skills he possesses and the way he is executing those skills, not just possession of skills but the way you execute those skills also matter, especially under pressure. Incredible how he came back in his last over, that just shows he’s got the stuff.”

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa (Image Credit: Twitter)

Daniel Vettori claimed that if a death bowling duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel can be forged, then it could make Team India even more formidable. He believes this option will help the team plan out their bowling strategy over the course of the innings. Moreover, it will make things a lot easier with clear roles being assigned.

Vettori said: “The ability to set up your back overs is so important in T20 Cricket. If Harshal Patel has the skillset and we obviously know that Bumrah does, so that brings a whole new dynamic to how you map out your 20 overs. Bowlers can be more attacking in the powerplay because they know you have those overs locked away at the back end.”

He added: “There are very few bowlers who can do that, and if India have two of them in Bumrah and Harshal Patel that sets them up for being a formidable team.”

Harshal Patel’s spell helped India restrict New Zealand to 153-6. The Blackcaps were looking to score in excess of 180, based on the start they got, courtesy of their openers. However, the RCB seamer’s overs in the death bowlers played a vital hand and did not allow New Zealand to accelerate.

Robin Uthappa Concerned With Harshal Payel’s Tendency To Bowl Waist High No Balls

Robin Uthappa felt that Harshal Patel’s tendency to bowl waist-high no-balls was a slight concern and urged the pacer to work on it. However, Robin Uthappa added that such a delivery could prove costly in a high-pressure encounter. With Dew being a prominent presence right from the word go in Ranchi, Harshal Patel bowled a waist-high no-ball. But he made amends with a strong comeback on the resulting free hit.

“The waist-high no balls have been something we have noticed with him over the last 12 months or so and it is something he would want to work on and improve. Because in high-pressure games you don’t want to give away a ball like that.” Uthappa explained.

Ravindra Jadeja, CSK
Ravindra Jadeja. Image Credits: Twitter

Harshal Patel had bowled a waist-high no-ball in his infamous final over against CSK in the first leg of the IPL as well. The over eventually resulted in 37 runs, with Ravindra Jadeja scripting his name in history.

Harshal Patel can bowl from close to the stumps or wide of the crease, over and around the wicket. In his game-turning 4-0-25-2 in the second T20I against New Zealand, each of his two wickets was ratified only after the umpires checked for a back-foot no-ball – so wide of the crease was Harshal Patel going. Both times, he was completely safe.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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Virat Kohli Opens Up On New Zealand Being Termed As “Nice Guys”

Virat Kohli is expecting a high-quality Test match between the top two sides in the rankings, although he has an issue with New Zealand being framed as ‘the nice guys’ of world cricket.

India has a bowling attack more than capable of taking 20 wickets anywhere in the world, with the quintet of pacers Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, and spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja among the best on the planet.

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishant Sharma with Virat Kohli
Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishant Sharma with Virat Kohli (Source: AP)

Virat Kohli Don’t Think Any Other Team Unlike New Zealand Has Bad Guys

New Zealand is the only team to beat India in the WTC. The Kiwi pace attack of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and Neil Wagner has time and again displayed its ability to extract any purchase from the pitch and would be raring to do the same at Southampton.

“I really don’t understand this term that was just used – I don’t think any other team has ‘bad guys’ in their team,” said Kohli.

Tim Southee Source Black Caps Twitter
Tim Southee Source Black Caps Twitter

“We get along very well off the field but when you step across the line, it’s business at the end of the day and you need to deal with it accordingly. It’s pretty serious stuff out there, it’s not something that is fun and games and played in a very low voltage environment.

“This is a huge game, a huge Test match and we are certainly looking forward to the opportunity that we have been waiting for a few years now.”

“In Test cricket we have performed well and deserve to be on that field playing the brand of cricket we’ve played in the past few years. For us as a team, we have been on a quest for excellence for a while now and we will continue to be on that path regardless of what happens in this game.”

India had deployed both their spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the final XI at the Ageas Bowl. However, after much debate, Indian team management has gone with Ishant Sharma over Mohammed Siraj as the third seamer along with Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami in the final playing XI.

The 32-year-old veteran pacer has been selected for his experience of playing in England and his effectiveness against left-handed batsmen. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will be the other two-seamers in the star-studded bowling attack.

New Zealand on the other hand, is yet to finalize their squad even though captain Kane Williamson said that everybody is fit and available for selection. The Kiwis also have an impressive seam-bowling attack at their disposal and will have to leave out at least one of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, and Matt Henry.

Virat Kohli Is Yet To Deliver The Goods In Tests In 2021

The Indian skipper has not had the best run with the willow in 2021 in Tests. In the 6 innings that he has played in the whites this year, Virat Kohli has scored only 172 runs and has scored his runs at an average of 28.67.

India's captain Virat Kohli celebrates his century (100 runs) during the second day of the second Test cricket match of a two-match series between India and Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on November 23, 2019.
Virat Kohli celebrates his century during India and Bangladesh Test at the Eden Gardens on November 23, 2019. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

Also, since November 2019, a three-figure score has eluded Virat Kohli in the Test format as well. His last ton came in the first-ever day-night Test between India and Bangladesh at Kolkata.

India has announced their playing XI ahead of the WTC Final, and both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be a part of the playing XI for the WTC summit clash against the Kiwis. New Zealand will enter this monumental clash on the back of a series victory against England.

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Mohammad Shami To Dedicate Win To Frontline Workers, Doctors If India Wins In England

Mohammad Shami said if the Indian team returns victorious then he would like to dedicate the win to the frontline workers and doctors who have served selflessly in India’s battle against Covid-19 in recent times.

The Indian cricket team is gearing up for the upcoming tour of England which comprises the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, which starts on June 18, followed by a 5-match Test series against the host country England in August 2021. The players are out of the quarantine in Mumbai and will board the flight to the United Kingdom on June 2.

Mohammad Shami
Mohammad Shami / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammad Shami To Dedicate Win To Soldiers, Police Officials And Doctors If India Returns Victorious From England Tour

Before leaving for the much-awaited tour, seasoned India pacer Mohammad Shami spoke about the upcoming challenge in English conditions. The right-arm quick also said if the Indian team return victorious then he will dedicate the win to the frontline workers and doctors who have served selflessly in India’s battle against Covid-19 in recent times.

“When we play for the country, it doesn’t matter what the outcome is but we try to give our hundred percent. We put country first. Be it the batsmen or bowlers, we have been working as a unit over the last years. And I hope, we can continue the same work and the winning spree in the WTC final,” Shami told India News.

“As far as the England series is concerned, may we return victorious and I’ll dedicate the win to our soldiers, police officials and doctors who have served selflessly during the pandemic,” he added.

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

India pacer Mohammad Shami is one of the key players for India in the upcoming ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand starting on June 18. In the past few years, Mohammad Shami has redefined himself as a bowler and has formed a lethal combination with Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma.

Men in Blue now boast one of the most lethal fast-bowling units in world cricket. Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have taken the Indian pace battery to the next level.

Mohammad Shami: New Zealand Will Have Advantage Playing Tests Versus England Before WTC Final But None Of The Two Teams Will Have Home Advantage

The senior Indian pacer further said that there will be no home advantage for either India or New Zealand as both teams will square off against each other at a neutral venue.

“Definitely they will have the advantage as they have arrived early and will play a couple of Test matches against the hosts. But I feel, when two teams enter finals, they reach that point after showcasing their abilities. None of the teams will have the home advantage and I hope our playing XI must commit the least errors. Both India and New Zealand are top-class teams and neither of them would let go any chance. So, it’s important to utilise your time and skills precisely.”

“Hope, the bowling unit performs well. We have beaten Australia in Australia and then England at home. The boys are high on confidence and I hope, they continue the same in England,” said Shami.

Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan
Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Mohammad Shami picked 5 wickets in the Test tour to New Zealand in 2020 which was lost by India by a 2-0 margin. He was expected to do well in Australia but he got injured while batting suffering a hand fracture. He could bowl only 17 overs in the 1st innings and didn’t bowl in the 2nd innings. He went wicketless and missed the subsequent home series against England in 2021 too.

Despite the absence of Mohammad Shami and other key players due to injury, India bounced back in Australia winning Tests at Melbourne and Brisbane, eventually winning by a 2-1 margin. The rise of pacers Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and T Natarajan were key to India’s success as India fielded a team without any frontline bowlers in the 4th Test at Brisbane and won.

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Kings XI Punjab player Mohammed Shami. (Image Credit: BCCI)
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IPL 2020: Mohammad Shami Has The Best Bouncer – Sunil Gavaskar

Mohammad Shami drew praise from legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar despite Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) losing their first game of IPL 2020 to Delhi Capitals in a thrilling contest that was decided by a super over. Two of their Indian cricketers Mohammed Shami and Mayank Agarwal performed exceptionally.

Opener Mayank Agarwal failed to score that important one run to win in the last over despite batting brilliantly throughout KXIP’s run-chase scoring 89 off only 60 balls. Mohammad Shami provided them with a great start picking up the wickets of opener Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer and skipper Shreyas Iyer after captain KL Rahul opted to bowl first.

However, their efforts went in vain as Delhi managed to get two crucial points by winning the match in the super over.

Mohammad Shami
Mohammed Shami. Image Credit: Getty Images

It skids on to you: Sunil Gavaskar

Mohammad Shami’s stunning performance with the new ball earned praise from all quarters even from legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar who said he has the best bouncer in world. Mohammed Shami has revived his limited-overs career with some excellent performances for India recently and was picked up by Kings XI Punjab for a hefty price tag of INR 4.8 crore.

“He (Shami) probably has the best bouncer in world cricket, it skids on to to you,” Gavaskar said during commentary of the DC vs KXIP IPL 2020 match no.2 in Dubai.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Image Credit: Twitter.

Mohammad Shami bowled with discipline in the second over of DC innings which forced the otherwise composed opener, Prithvi Shaw, to play a false shot as he picked up his first wicket of the match.

West Indian batsman Shimron Hetmyer dispatched him for a four on the next delivery, but the Indian pacer bowled an outstanding delivery into the body of the hard-hitting batsman, which took a leading edge of the bat and was caught at covers by Mayank Agarwal.

Mohammad Shami Praised By Simon Doull Too

Former New Zealand pacer Simon Doull, who was in the commentary box at that time praised Mohammad Shami. The duo also talked about how his firm position of wrist ensures upright seam at the point of release which allows the ball to land on to the pitch more often than not.

Simon Doull
Simon Doull. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

He ended with figures of 3/15, which are his best-ever figures in IPL. Mohammed Shami produced his best IPL spell against his old team Delhi Capitals, beating his previous best of 3/21, which he had picked up for KXIP against Mumbai Indians last season.

Mohammad Shami is yet to deliver his best in IPL though as he has only 43 wickets from 52 matches averaging on the higher side of 35. His economy rate is also above eight runs per over.

KL Rahul And Chris Gayle
KL Rahul And Chris Gayle
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Sunil Gavaskar Sees KXIP As Batting Dependent In IPL 2020

Sunil Gavaskar, the former legendary batsman and skipper of India believes that the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) franchise will depend a lot on their batting giants like KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, and Glenn Maxwell to score the bulk amount of runs for them. According to Sunil Gavaskar, this is because their bowling is not up to the mark and is very weak.

The 71-year-old stated that KXIP will have to post big totals consistently — and will have to give their bowlers some target to bowl at. KXIP have big-hitters like Chris Gayle and Glenn Maxwell and consistent performers like KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair and Nicholas Pooran as quality batsmen.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Image Credit: Twitter.

Sunil Gavaskar Says KXIP Weakness Is Bowling So They Have To Score Well And Give Opposition A Tough Target To Chase

Barring Indian pacer Mohammed Shami, there are no experienced names in the bowling department that could defend smaller totals.

“This time, the weakness in the Kings XI Punjab squad is their bowling. They have very good batsmen and will depend on them a lot. They will have to score well in every game and give their bowlers a target that they can defend.

Because if the batsmen do not make enough runs, then their fate will be similar to last year. They will entertain for some time but will not win,” Sunil Gavaskar told Sports Tak.

The pace attack will be spearheaded by Mohammad Shami besides including West Indian Sheldon Cottrell and England pacer Chris Jordan but the latter two are short on experience.

The spin attack consists of Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman and the leading wicket-taker of U-19 World Cup 2020, Ravi Bishnoi. Besides Bengal’s pacer Ishan Porel, Indian spinner Murugan Ashwin and New Zealand all-round pacer Jimmy Neesham are also present in the squad.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. Image Credit: Getty Images

Mujeeb Ur Rahman had taken IPL 2018 by storm on his way to picking 14 wickets in 11 matches at under 7 runs an over while Ravi Bishnoi picked up 17 wickets from just six games and finished as the top wicket-taker in the U-19 World Cup 2020 and will make his debut in IPL 2020.

Sunil Gavaskar Also Believes That Sarfaraz Khan Will Score Bulk Runs In IPL 2020

Sunil Gavaskar believes that 22-year-old Sarfaraz Khan will have a brilliant IPL 2020 season. Sarfaraz Khan was in fantastic form for Mumbai in the previous domestic season. He scored a triple hundred against Uttar Pradesh and followed it with a double hundred against Himachal Pradesh.

Sarfaraz Khan, Kings XI Punjab
Sarfaraz Khan, Kings XI Punjab. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI

Sunil Gavaskar believes that Sarfaraz Khan will score heaps of runs and will be an important player for KXIP in IPL 2020. Sarfaraz Khan scored 180 runs from 8 matches in 2019 averaging 45.

“I will send Sarfaraz Khan to bat at No.5. Sarfaraz has shown brilliant form in the last domestic season by scoring a triple century and following up with a double century. I agree that there has been a gap of 8-9 months between that season and this season. But the kind of confidence that he will have, I feel that he will score a lot of runs on these pitches,” Sunil Gavaskar said.

KXIP will begin their IPL 2020 campaign against the Delhi Capitals on 20th September at Dubai.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. Image Credit: Getty Images
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IPL 2020: Mohammed Shami Reveals Six Days Of Quarantine Were ‘More Difficult’ In UAE Than Coronavirus Enforced Four-Month Break In India

Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) key pacer Mohammed Shami has opined that it was tough for him to survive during the six-day quarantine in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) than the four to five-month break in India due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The speedster is raring to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) scheduled to begin from 19th September.

Mohammed Shami, along with his KXIP teammates, landed in the UAE on 21st of July, to follow the mandatory quarantine period as per BCCI’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). He was locked in the hotel room for six days and was not allowed to meet any outsider.

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Kings XI Punjab player Mohammed Shami. (Image Credit: BCCI)

Speaking to ANI, Mohammed Shami asserted that the extended break was difficult for everyone. but he felt that the quarantine period in UAE was tougher for him. India’s premier pacer was practicing in his farmhouse in India during the four-month-long break.

On the other hand, during the isolation period in the hotel, he was not allowed to move outside which made him uncomfortable. However, now he has resumed training in Dubai and is happy to be back with the ball in hand

“Four months have been difficult for everyone, be it sportsman or a normal person. Thank god I had the facilities to do my own training. When we came here (UAE) and got quarantined, these six days felt more difficult than those four months.

“Because in those months I was training myself, helped the needy and was busy in activities. But in these six days, I have felt how difficult those four months must have been for people. Now it feels comfortable on the field,” Mohammed Shami said.

The body feels good and in rhythm: Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami also added that the training during the lockdown period has helped him to maintain his fitness. But he opines that some players, who were sitting in their home, are finding hard to get back in the rhythm.

The training I have done (during lockdown) has helped now. The stiffness isn’t there and it has felt more like I took a break for recovery. The body feels good and in rhythm. The normal flow is missing in some.

“Those who played in the Caribbean Premier League are looking in flow, but those who have been stuck indoors are looking a little stiff. Important to use the 25 to 30 days going into the tournament,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the fixtures of the IPL 2020 are due to be announced. It is expected that BCCI will soon proclaim the schedule.

Mohammad Shami
Mohammad Shami. Credits: BCCI
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Watch – Mohammad Shami Returns Back To Bowling, Trains At His Farmhouse

Indian fast bowler Mohammad Shami has returned back to bowling. Shami had earlier uploaded his videos in which he was doing some running at his farmhouse. However, this time, the gun fast bowler was bowling and uploaded almost a one-minute long video. Shami is seen bowling in the groove and it is good that he is keeping himself at the top of his game.

As the coronavirus situation has gone from bad to worse, not all the Indian players have been able to train regularly. However, as Shami is living at his farmhouse, he is been able to train consistently. In fact, earlier India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun stated that it will take fast bowlers at least six to eight weeks to get themselves match ready for the Test fold.

Mohammad Shami
Mohammad Shami. Credits: BCCI

Mohammad Shami has been training regularly

As Shami is practicing regularly, he would be able to hit the ground running as compared to players, who have not had access to outdoor training in the recent past.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Shami is a pivotal cog of India’s fast bowling unit. Shami has an upright seam position and he gets help from the surface. The right-arm pacer has a smooth action and thus he is able to yield consistent pace to trouble the batsmen.

Mohammad Shami
Mohammad Shami. Photo by Prashant Bhoot / BCCI / Sportzpics

The Bengal pacer has done well in ODI and Test format as he has bowled at the top of his mark. Shami had scalped 16 wickets on the previous tour of Australian in 2018-19 and he would like to replicate his performance later in the year.

The ace paceman will like to be at his best and he has all the skills under his belt. Shami has thus far snared 180 wickets in 49 Test matches at an average of 27.4. The fast bowler has also bagged 144 wickets in 77 ODI matches at an average of 25.42.

Here is Shami’s video:

Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, Top Five Highest Wicket-Takers In The ICC World Cup 2015
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Top Five Highest Wicket-Takers In The ICC World Cup 2015

Australia lifted their fifth World Cup title in 2015 under the captaincy of Michael Clarke. They defeated the co-host New Zealand in the grand finale to grab the hands on the coveted trophy. 

The marquee clash was the thrilling match where Kiwis were all out for just 183 runs which was a below-par target for impregnable Australia. Steve Smith and Clarke scored half-centuries to chase the target and ending all the hopes of Kiwis.

During the tournament, several records were build up by batsmen and bowlers. Here, in this article, we have mentioned the five bowlers who were the highest wicket-taker in the ICC World Cup 2015. 

Mitchell Starc:

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Mitchell Starc (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mitchell Starc place was questioned in the team because of his lack of consistency in early of his career. Even before the World Cup 2015, he had gone wicketless in some series but the 30-year old was included in the mega event. He ended all the debates as he turned out to be the highest wicket-taker for Australia in the tournament.

The fast bowler was declared the man of the tournament, picking up 22 wickets in the tournament at an average of 10.18 and a startling economy rate of 3.50. Starc also took the number 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings after the break-through World Cup campaign. 

Brad Hogg
Brad Hogg (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Brad Hogg Names His Current Best ODI XI; Five Indians Make The Cut

Veteran Australian Chinaman, Brad Hogg, has named his current-best ODI XI which includes five Indians, two Australians, two Englishmen, and one player each from Pakistan and New Zealand. Due to the self-isolation period that the current and former cricketers are going through, a lot of them have released their teams across formats,

Brad Hogg has now also joined the list sharing his current-best ODI XI. On Saturday, he uploaded a new video on his YouTube channel. In the video, he revealed his choice of ODI XI, based on the stats of 2019. The team is led by none other than the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli.

Brad Hogg, IPL, PSL
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Brad Hogg Names His Current-Best ODI XI

For the openers’ spot, the former Australia spinner chose Rohit Sharma and David Warner. It should be noted that these two players had finished as the highest and second-highest run-getters last year’s World Cup. At no. 3, Hogg went with Virat Kohli, who was also captaining this side. At no.4, the chinaman said he couldn’t find a proper no. 4. Instead, he went with another no.3 batsman, and that was Babar Azam.

Virat Kohli, Indian national cricket team,
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Getty Images.

For the next spots, the spinner went with the two heroes of England’s victory during the World Cup final of last year. He chose Ben Stokes and Jos Butler, who was also the wicketkeeper of the side.

In the bowling department, he first chose Ravindra Jadeja, owing to his all-round abilities. Furthermore, he went with Mohammed Shami. Then Brad Hogg chose Lockie Ferguson, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Mitchell Starc to complete his team.

Brad Hogg’s current best ODI XI: Rohit Sharma, David Warner, Virat Kohli (C), Babar Azam, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Starc, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal

Kane Williamson And Aaron Finch Have Been Unlucky To Have Missed Out: Brad Hogg

Talking about the batsmen who missed out, Hogg said, “The two unlucky batsmen are Aaron Finch, who had a wonderful year in 2019 but his conversion rate wasn’t as good as everyone else in that top four. And the other one was Kane Williamson, nearly got in front of Virat Kohli, because he had a better average but it was only a lower strike rate that kept him out of the side.”

Brad Hogg
Brad Hogg. Credits: Getty Images.

The ex-cricketer also said talked about the two bowlers who missed out. He said, “I could have chosen Trent Boult and Pat Cummins, who are a lot more economical than the bowlers who I have chosen, but they don’t have strong strike rates”

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