The veteran Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has had a memorable time in the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand. He started the series with a three-wicket haul at the McLean Park in Napier. In the first ODI, he dismissed Colin Munro and Martin Guptill in his very first spell. In the second encounter at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, he got only one wicket of Kane Williamson and conceded only 43 runs in his spell.
Shami showed his true colors in the third encounter in Mount Maunganui and bagged the Player of the Match award. He only bowled nine overs in the game and ended with the figures of 3/42. he nipped out Munro early in the innings and then got rid of Ross Taylor, who threatened to take the game away from the Indians.
Taylor amassed 93 runs from 106 balls with the help of nine boundaries. The dismissal turned out to be a crucial one and it stopped the momentum of the Kiwis into the innings in the death overs. A couple of overs later, the pacer also accounted for the wicket of Ish Sodhi, who scored a useful 12 runs at a run-a-ball. Shami was also India’s most successful bowler in the third ODI.
Speaking to former Kiwi cricketer Simon Doull, Shami mentioned his tactics while bowling. He said, “It’s really difficult to bowl against the wind. One comes with the wind and the other is against the wind. It is difficult but not too hard. Bhuvi at the other end was also a great help. Sticking to areas where we want to bowl is the key.”
However, Shami spoke in English rather than Hindi. Back in Napier, Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper was the translator for the pacer. This time around, the Bengal pacer didn’t fumble and it impressed Doull, who said: “Your English Bahut acha. (Your English is very good)”.
Here is the video:
Your English bahut accha 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Xc75UF6P76
— MS (@premchoprafan) January 28, 2019