Pacers Can Relax If You Have Bowlers Like Ashwin And Jadeja – Mohammed Shami
India’s gun fast bowler Mohammed Shami believes the pacers can afford to relax if the team has spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. We often talk about bowling in partnerships and it is imperative for bowlers to support their partner. As it is never easy for the fast bowlers to bowl long spells in Indian conditions and hence the role of the spinners becomes even more pivotal. Thus, a collective bowling effort is always the need of the hour.
Mohammed Shami had a great first Test match against South Africa as he continued to breathe down the neck of the opposition in second innings. Shami scalped a five-wicket haul and was able to generate the reverse swing on offer. The talismanic fast bowler was right on the money with his line and length and the Proteas batters had no answers to his accuracy.
The Indian bowling is breathing fire.
On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin scalped seven wickets in the first essay. Furthermore, Jadeja was able to snare four wickets in the second dig including three scalps in one over.
“Ashwin has a lot of Test cricket experience, and bowled very well in both the first and second innings,” Shami said on Star Sports’ Cricket Live program after the match.
“When you have great bowlers like Ashwin and Jadeja in the team, the fast bowlers can breathe easy and relax, knowing that they are there,” the pacer said.
Meanwhile, Shami also gave credit to the captain of the ship,. Shami said that Kohli gives them the freedom to follow their plans during the match, which is the key to their success.
“Virat Kohli as a captain always hears us out and gives us the freedom to follow our strategy during the match. He has given us the freedom to take a call on whether we want to bowl 5 overs or 7 overs or more — he says ‘if you have the power, go ahead and bowl’. That’s when we take a call that we will bowl three overs but with full power… That’s the understanding we have. He trusts us, and we trust him,” Shami said.
India clinched the first Test match by 203 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. Rohit Sharma was awarded the Man of the Match for his twin hundreds. The second Test match will take place at Pune from October 10.