One of the main factors behind India’s 2-1 victory over Australia in the 2018 Border-Gavaskar Trophy was the fact that their bowlers were able to pick 20 wickets in seven of eight innings. Bowlers from India won 70 combined wickets with Jasprit Bumrah leading the field with 21 scalps, while Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma won 16 and 11 wickets respectively.
This time around, the presence of David Warner and Steve Smith will make the challenge more difficult for India, but Shami is confident his teammates, especially the fast bowlers, are confident of another brilliant Down Under show.
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“Our fast bowling group can go over 140 km / h and you need that kind of pace in Australia. Even our reserves are fast, you don’t see that kind of attack. We thrive on challenges. We have the experience. We also have variety in our bowling spin attacks, ”Shami told BCCI.
“We can play fast but we are all different, our skills are different. India has quality beaters and we are hitting 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.
Over the past two years, India’s fast bowling contingent has grown into one of – if not the best – in the world and Shami reveals that the reason for the success is how much this unit has gelled and bonded.
“The success of this group is largely due to the camaraderie we share among ourselves. There is no real secret as such, but it lies in one’s strengths. We have a common goal and we all seek to achieve it collectively, ”said the quick pitcher.
“There is healthy competition but there is no rivalry within the group. If you look at the numbers, we were able to choose almost 20 counters on all of our outings. Even at home in the Freedom Trophy or the Pink-Ball Test, the fast bowling group was very effective. We have a lot of discussions between us. We hunt in pairs. “
Shami goes on tour in Australia following a magnificent IPL, where playing for Kings XI Punjab, the 30-year-old quickly picked up 20 wickets in 14 matches. At one point, Shami was neck and neck with Kagiso Rabada, who ultimately won the Purple Cap, before falling behind. But the kind of pace he bowled with in the United Arab Emirates was the perfect tonic Shami needed to break out of isolation and enter the grueling tour.
“My performances for KXIP in IPL gave me a lot of confidence and put me in the right zone. The biggest advantage is that I can now prepare for the upcoming series without any pressure, ”added Shami. “There is no burden for me. I am very comfortable at the moment. I had worked hard on my bowling alley and my fitness in the lockdown. I knew the IPL would come sooner or later and I was preparing for it.