The premier Indian fast bowler, Mohammed Shami garnered a lot of has been all over the internet on Monday, for two reasons. One, his brilliance in the final over in the T20 World Cup warm-up match against Australia at the Gabba. Two, a small video clip shared by Pakistan Cricket on their Twitter handle where Shaheen Afridi was spotted having a heartwarming chat with Shami. Shami was there are the practice nets at the Gabba when India was playing their warm-up game against Australia.
Pakistan players were also present at the nets as they were preparing for their warm-up game against England at the same venue after the India match. Shaheen, who like Shami is also making a comeback to the T20I side, walked up to the veteran India pacer and greeted him saying, “Shami bhai kaise hai aap (How are you).”
The video also showed that Shaheen Afridi was all praise for Shami’s bowling, hailing his ability to deliver with an upright seam. The southpaw said, “Jab se maine bowling start kari hai tabse mai aap ko follow kar raha hu, aap ki na wrist position aur seam ka jawab nahi hai (I am following you since I started bowling and from that time I have been a big fa of your wrist position and upright seam.”
And thus began Shami’s master class on seam position. Mohammed Shami explained, “Agar release point acha ho jayega na seam bhi theek ho jayega (if the release point is on point, then the seam will be automatically good).”
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Mohammed Shami was at his brutal best in that last over against Australia. Defending 11 runs in just 6 balls, he conceded four runs in the first two balls before four wickets fell in the next four balls.
Praising Mohammed Shami after the match, the Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma said, “He is coming back after a long time, so we wanted to give him an over. Wanted to give him a challenge and let him bowl the final over, and you saw what he did.”