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India in Australia: One good ball is all you need to get the best of batsmen out, says Mohammed Shami

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India fast bowler Mohammed Shami said that the pacers in Team India have the confidence and the belief that they can bowl on any surface and trouble any batsmen in the world

India pacer Mohammed Shami took 16 wickets in the Test series against Australia the last time around. (PTI Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mohammed Shami had a successful IPL 2020 season where he took 20 wickets for KXIP
  • It was the success of the bowlers in 2018-19 that led India to win the series 2-1 in Australia
  • The bowlers managed to take 20 wickets in seven of the eight innings in Australia

India pacer Mohammed Shami had a good outing at IPL 2020 where he took 20 wickets and also managed to win the Kings XI Punjab a key match against the Mumbai Indians by defending 5 runs in a Super Over.

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The fast bowler is now hoping to continue that success in India’s tour of Australia, and there is plenty of reason for optimism.

One of the key reasons for the success of Team India the last time they were over here in Australia was the ability of the bowlers to pick 20 wickets in an innings. They in fact, managed to do it seven of the eight times as India won the historic series 2-1 and took the Border-Gavaskar Trophy home.

India’s bowlers took a combined 70 wickets with Jasprit Bumrah leading the pack with 21 scalps, while Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma claimed 16 and 11 wickets respectively.

It is the camaraderie that the pacers share, and the healthy competition between them, that drives them all forward.

Our bowlers work together towards a common goal, says Shami

“The success of this group is largely because of the camaraderie we share among ourselves. There is no real secret as such but it lies in each other’s strengths. We have a common goal and all of us look to collectively achieve that.

“There is a healthy competition but there is no rivalry within the group. We have a lot of discussion among ourselves. We hunt in pairs,” Shami told BCCI.

Shami also said that it is not just their pace, but also their skill that gets them the success.

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“Our fast bowling group can bowl at 140 kph plus and you need that kind of pace in Australia. Even our reserves are quick, you don’t get to see that kind of an attack. We thrive on challenges. We have the experience.

“We have variety in our spin bowling attack too. We can bowl fast but we are all different, our skills are different. India have quality batsmen and we bowl at them in the nets.

“We don’t look at names, we focus on our skills. You can be a world-class batsman, but one good ball will still get you out,” Shami added.

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