Indian pace bowler Mohammed Shami opened up about his match-winning spell in the second ODI against New Zealand in Raipur on Saturday (January 21). He also said that he only tried to maintain consistent lines as well. Shami, who took the new ball in the second ODI, troubled everyone a lot.
Speaking to Umran Malik in a clip uploaded on BCCI.tv, he said, “Nothing new. I did hear the wicket was playing tricks, but I didn’t feel anything like it. My approach was routine, I believed in my skill, and kept my line and lengths consistent without trying too many things. That is always my approach, and it wasn’t anything different today. The pitch was slightly damp, and it worked in our favour, as we could hit the deck hard, expecting the ball to seam. I tried to hit the deck as hard as possible.”
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Shami finished with the figures of 6-1-18-3 as well. When he was asked how he stayed cheerful during the game, he said that instead of taking pressure one should have believed in themselves.
“I believe you shouldn’t take pressure when playing for your country. The only thing you must do is believing in your skill and yourself. If you do that, there are better chances of executing it well and your skill enhances too. When you are down on confidence, there are hundred things going in your mind. I think you must focus the most when you are doing well. Just keep smiling. It’s white ball cricket, and everyone will go for runs. Just believe in yourself and your skills, and bowl according to the conditions. You are an excellent bowler. Your future looks bright, and my best wishes are with you. Hope you keep prospering. My only advice to you is the pace which you bowl at, is not easy to play, but there is slightly more work needed on line and lengths. If you can control that, you can rule the world,” Mohammed Shami concluded.
The third and final ODI between India and New Zealand will be played in Indore on Tuesday (January 24).