“We have 4-5 pacers who can constantly bowl at over 140-145 clicks” says Mohammed Shami
Shami also stated how the scenario has changed. Earlier oppositions teams easily planned against India but today they can't Shami clarified.
India’s ace pacer Mohammed Shami said the reason the Indian bowling unit is the best because it has four-five pacers who can bowl at 140 – 145 kmph. One can find one or two easily but having four-five is tough Shami explained.
In an interview with India, News Shami spilled the beans. Excerpts –
“The best thing about our bowling unit is that we have 4-5 pacers who can constantly bowl at over 140-145 clicks. You can find 1-2, but to find 4-5 is tough, and we have that. We force the opposition to think what wickets they want to offer us.”
Mohammed Shami is one of the pacers named in the squad for the England tour. Other pacers are Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav. Pacers on stand-by are Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla.
Shami who plays Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) stated that now the situation has changed as compared to earlier.
“I don’t think we’ve had bowlers who could bowl at this pace earlier, we never had 4-5 of them coming in units. Earlier, teams used to plan easily against us but today they are forced to think otherwise,” Shami observed.
Shami on the mental aspect of the game and how is the bio-bubble life.
“As a sportsman, it is really difficult. You play matches, you practice but then you have to quarantine time and again. You cannot go out, all the activities have to take place inside a room. It is very difficult as a sportsman but then in hindsight, it is necessary too. But you have to be really mentally strong for it as it is the mind that gets affected the most as you cannot go out for fresh air also. You cannot go to the gym, you cannot go to breakfast or lunch, you cannot go for practice, it gets difficult. It is a challenge and you have to be mentally strong for it..”
Shami explained team environment should be healthy and focused on leaving a legacy for youngsters while making the country proud.
“As seniors, our duty is to tell the youngsters to ask us things freely. Overall, the atmosphere and camaraderie between the juniors and seniors are amazing. The thing is, all of us will have to leave the game someday but it is important to think about what we are leaving behind, for the team and the youngsters. It’s important to make your country, captain, and the board proud.” Shami concluded.
India will play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand from June 18 to 22 at The Rose Bowl in Southampton, England. Followed by five-match Test series against hosts England starting from August 4.