Former India player Wasim Jaffer said that experienced pacer Mohammed Shami was unlucky in the last few games as he was not performing well. But others bowlers stepped up and Jaffer applauded all and also special praise for Shami. While reviewing the Raipur ODI on ESPNcricinfo, he said:
“I thought they (Mohammed Siraj and Shami) bowled that corridor length which you bowl in a Test match. They bowled that consistently. Shami bowled the length that he usually bowls. He was a little bit unlucky in the last few games. He beat the bat far too many times. But today, I thought he got what he deserved to get.“He bowled really well, complemented by Siraj and even Hardik (Pandya), with those couple of wickets. I thought India bowled really well.”
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However, Wasim Jaffer also added that he expected a better fight from New Zealand s well. Terming the Kiwi batters as tentative, he said: “Surprising to see New Zealand fizzle out like that. It was a pretty good pitch, although it wasn’t a high-scoring one. The tentativeness in New Zealand’s batters probably made India look a lot better, but Siraj and Shami, especially, bowled very well. India really outplayed them with another fine performance.”
“Winning that (3rd) ODI will make them the world No.1 side in the format. Lots to look forward to for them. They are T20 World No.1, being ODI No. 1 will be a great boost,” Wasim Jaffer concluded.
India are currently third in the ODI rankings, after England and New Zealand as well. The third ODI against New Zealand will be played at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on January 24 as well.