India’s cunningest Mohammed Shami is in the “right zone” after his impressive performance in the IPL, setting him up for the big test series against Australia “without any pressure”. Shami has enjoyed his best IPL season as his 20 wickets for Kings XI Punjab, including a spectacular five-point defense in a double Super Over game against the Mumbai Indians, was one of the tournament highlights. “My performance for KXIP in IPL gave me a lot of confidence and put me in the right area,” Shami told BCCI.TV on Saturday.
Artist with the red ball, Shami feels that a good IPL took the burden off him.
“The biggest advantage is that I can now prepare myself for the upcoming series without any pressure. I have no burden on myself. I’m very comfortable at the moment.”
“I had worked hard on my bowling and my fitness in the lockdown. I knew the IPL would come sooner or later and I was preparing for it.”
Shami hasn’t been shy about saying test matches are a priority for him on this tour as he tries to get in the groove during last week’s training session.
“We’re going to do a long tour starting with the white ball followed by the pink and red ball tests. My area of focus has been the red ball and I’m working on my lengths and movement of my seams.”
“I’ve always thought that once you start throwing the ball at the length you want, you can do it in different formats.”
He feels that after the IPL his white ball form is in control and that is why he needs more preparation with the red ball.
“What you need is control. I did well with the white ball and now I am spending time in the net playing with the red ball. You are not playing in the same area since both formats are different but your basics don’t change much. “
With Steve Smith and David Warner absent in India’s victorious 2018-19 campaign back in the mix, things are going to get more difficult for the Indian rhythm quartet.
But the senior bowler is hardly disturbed by their presence.
“India has quality batsmen and we hit them in the net. We don’t look at names, we focus on our skills. You can be a world class batsman, but a good ball will still get you out.” , Shami said.
The veteran said the diversity of skills makes this a very powerful attack like the one India has with him, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and the menacing Jasprit Bumrah.
“Our fast bowling group can play over 140 km / h and you need that kind of pace in Australia. Even our reserves are fast, you can’t see that kind of attack.”
Shami recalled that the stimulators performed well in all conditions abroad and took 20 wickets in many away test matches as well as under conditions conducive to home effects.
“There is healthy competition but there is no rivalry within the group. If you look at the numbers, we managed to pick 20 wickets on almost all of our away tours.”
Talking about IPL and Shami expresses his satisfaction at only being able to defend five points, while two explosive players like Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock were on strike.
“Being able to defend just 5 points against the two most explosive batsmen (Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock) is quite satisfying. There is no margin for error when the target is so small.”
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