Virat Kohli delighted to see '2nd innings strike bowler' Mohammed Shami deliver consistently
Mohammed Shami's 5-wicket haul helped India bowl South Africa out for 191 (AP Photo)
- Mohammed Shami picked up his 5th 5-wicket haul on Sunday
- Shami has picked up 4 of his 5 5-wicket hauls in the 2nd innings
- Kohli said he is delighted with his fast bowlers' hunger in home conditions
India captain Virat Kohli heaped rich praise on Mohammed Shami after the pacer ran through the South African batting line-up on the final day of the 1st Test in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
Virat Kohli said Mohammed Shami has delivered whenever the team needed 2nd innings wickets in tough conditions and his 5-wicket haul on Sunday is just a testimony to his importance in the second half of Test matches.
Mohammed Shami picked up his 5th 5-wicket haul in Tests after coming up with an inspired spell of bowling. Shami's figures of 5/35 helped India bowl South Africa out for 191 in the 2nd innings and register a 203-run win in the Visakhapatnam Test.
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"Shami has been the strike bowler for us in the 2nd innings consistently now. If you see all his 4, 5-wicket hauls, it comes in the 2nd innings where the team invariably needs it. He reverses it well. That's his strength. All the guys stood up to their strength. The bowlers had it tougher to keep going in these conditions. So they deserve a little bit of extra credit," Virat Kohli said.
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Stressing that India pacers are more than willing to work harder for their wickets in the sub-continent conditions, Kohli said: "Look, it's all about the attitude. If the fast bowlers step onto the field, thinking the spinners are going to do all the job, it doesn't do any justice to them playing in the XI. I think the attitude and the mindset they have created has been outstanding.
"Even in India, they are looking to contribute. It's not like if it's hot and humid, they gave up. They ask for shorter spells and they give their 100 percent. They have been brilliant. That's when you see guys like Shami, Ishant, Bumrah and Umesh, in the past, doing important things that we want them to do."
Mohammed Shami has picked up 4 5-wicket hauls out of his 5 in the 2nd innings. The Bengal pacer inevitably steps up in the 2nd innings. He has 80 wickets in 2nd innings in Tests at an average of 22.58 as compared to his 1st innings tally of 78 at 34.47.
On Sunday, Mohammed Shami got the ball on a slow track to do wonders. He castled Faf du Plessis with a beauty even as the South Africa captain shouldered arms to the ball that came back in sharply after pitching. He got another big wicket when he dismissed 1st innings centurion Quinton de Kock.
Shami came back in the 2nd session to break a frustrating 91-run stand for the 9th wicket between Dane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy by removing the former. He wrapped up the South Africa innings by picking up Kagiso Rabada's wicket.
Superb effort from R Ashwin in 1st innings: Kohli
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli also heaped rich praise on R Ashwin for his effort in the first innings. Kohli pointed out that the pitch was not doing much in the 1st 3 days and it was commendable to see Ashwin pick up a 7-wicket haul.
Notably, Ashwin shone on his return to the Test XI after nearly an year's gap as he finished the Visakhapatnam Test with 8 wickets.
"Jaddu and Ash, again, were really really good. Ash, in the first innings, was outstanding, given the conditions. The pitches were flat, they got a few boundaries away. We have to accept that because we all got 500. There weren't any demons in the first innings. We always knew this was going to be a 2nd innings game. The fact he picked up 6 (7) wickets in the first innings is a great effort from his end," Virat Kohli said.