The Indian fast bowler, Mohammed Shami reckons that the Indian skipper Virat Kohli also has flaws in his batting despite being the best batsman in the world. Playing for India, Shami has bowled to Kohli countless times in the nets, but in a parallel universe, if he was to ever bowl to Kohli, he has the skill to get the best batsman in the world to dismiss.
During a chat with IANS, Shami said, “As a bowler, you need to keep working on the weak zones. There is no denying the fact that he is the best in the business, but even the best have those little flaws which you can work on. You just need to pick on one factor and focus on that.”
He further added, “Say for example, which has been the area that has troubled a batsman in recent times? I have dismissed him quite a few times (in the IPL) and without getting into many details, I will say you have to just work on the weak zone.”
Though when it comes to being a captain’s bowler, Shami explains how Kohli always supports him. Since his resurgence from his once injury-prone body so well, Mohammed Shami has become Kohli’s go-to man at times getting the preference over Jasprit Bumrah in terms of picking up wickets.
Describing the journey, Shami said, “I think the results bear testimony to the fact that Virat backs us to the core. He has always given us that freedom to do what we feel confident about. Also, it is very important at the international level to have a captain who knows your strengths and weaknesses and also backs you. Also, Virat has a lot of trust in our abilities and he gets the result because as a bowler, all you need is for the captain to back you and believe in you and your vision.”
On the dynamics of his bowling, Shami says he prefers swinging the ball and holding a perfect seam more than generating pace. That Shami has become a formidable bowling component for the Indian team could be gauged by the fact that he has now got meticulous precision in his bowling.