Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami is of the opinion that India’s current pace attack might be one of the best in the history of the game.
Indian fast bowling attack of Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma, is regarded as one of the best in the world, with the quintet helping the Men in Blue win several matches.
Talking to former India wicketkeeper-batsman Deep Dasgupta in a videocast hosted by ESPNcricinfo, Shami, who has 336 wickets to his name across the three formats, emphasized that no other team ever had a pace battery consisting of five bowlers.
“You and everyone else in the world will agree to this that no team has ever had five fast bowlers together as a package. Not just now, in the history of cricket this might be the best fast-bowling unit in the world.”
Mohammed Shami doesn’t mind bowling with a comparatively old ball
Talking further on the matter, Mohammed Shami explained the fun environment in the team and skipper Virat Kohli‘s role in it.
“We surround Virat Kohli and ask him to make the decision. But he normally says, ‘don’t get me involved in all this; you decide among yourselves, I don’t have an issue.’ That is the kind of fun we have in our team meetings.”
He also added that bowling with comparatively old ball is not an issue for him.
“I let the other two start. I have no objection to bowling with a semi-new ball.”
Different Strategy for different bowlers
Mohammed Shami, who has played 49 Tests and 77 ODIs, also revealed his mindset as a bowler.
“My mindset while bowling is that if the batsman is playing well, bowl a tight line and length, dry up the runs, and he will surely make a mistake. Once the set batsman is dismissed, I go for the kill as a bowler. That’s why it seems like I bowl in two different ways. The ‘second-innings Shami’ label – that has been created by you guys (the media).”