Mohammed Shami breathed fire on Day 3 of the high octane series between India and South Africa as he claimed a magnificent 5-for and also completed 200 wickets in Test cricket. His outstanding spell of bowling helped the Indian team bundled out the proteas for 197 to take a healthy lead of 130 runs.
The right arm veteran pacer credited the support staff and his counterparts’ hard work for India’s dominant show overseas, especially in the fast bowling department.
“Indian pace bowling is a formidable one because each and every member has worked hard and achieved it all with their sheer hard work.
“They have created their own little units (niche) for themselves and yes they are the ones who have put in an immense amount of hard work in the last 6-7 years. They are here on their own,” Shami gave a detailed and loaded answer without naming anyone.
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“Yes, credit goes to support staff. They support your skill but it’s not fair that you take any particular name. What you should see is what kind of effort that these boys have put in and I give credit to boys who have put in the effort,” Shami was very clear about what he felt.
Mohammed Shami feels India would need at least 4 sessions to force a result
Indian team currently has a lead of 146 runs and there are two days of cricket left to play. Mohammed Shami feels if India can get the lead up to 400 and have at least four sessions to bowl to the South African batters, they might be able to force a result for the game.
“A lead of 146 is fine but two days are still left. We have to bat for the better part of tomorrow and if we can make around 250 (in second innings) and the lead is close to 400, then we can give them four sessions or maybe a bit more.
“But that depends on the captain but a minimum of 350 to 400 runs will be required for sure,” Shami said.
• Mohammed Shami highlights the hard work put in by Indian pacers in the last 6-7 years.
• Shami feels India needs a lead of 400 runs and four sessions of bowling to force a result.