His inclusion gave the Indian bowling attack the shot in the arm it sorely needed, but the modest Mohammad Shami said his success was down to a fresh wicket.
“We bowled first so there was always help from a fresh wicket. There was no extraordinary carry or bounce in the wicket. It was going good before the rain. But it became slow thereafter,” Shami told reporters after the fourth ODI was abandoned due to rain.
“The plan was just not to give any room to Finch as he was playing well. We just kept our focus on that and wanted them to play as much as possible and we got success.”
Shami often crossed the 140 km/ h mark and when quizzed about the secret, he said: “ I’m just putting extra hard work on gym work and training. Speed is all about the conditions one has on offer.”
Asked about the six dropped catches during Australia’s innings, Shami said: “It’s part and parcel of the game. We try not to make any mistakes. Nobody drops a catch intentionally.”
Shami also came in for a lot of praise from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
“He is deceptive. He bowls quicker than you think. What was important was he bowled full and the wickets he got, he was hitting the bails,” Dhoni said.
“In the death overs, he was getting the yorkers in pretty consistently.” Australia captain George Bailey gave credit to Shami and batsman Glenn Maxwell for setting up an interesting game.
“I thought Glenn Maxwell found [the pitch] conducive to strokeplay. It was still a good batting wicket. Probably what it did that the other wickets haven't done is it swung and seamed and spat a little bit, particularly at the start."
“Obviously Shami, he bowled very well. He’s someone we haven’t seen in the series and he was a little bit quicker than what we expected. He certainly got a bit of movement off the seam. That’s something to be pretty aware of for the rest of the series. That’s obviously what’s going to be coming at us. Having said that, from the moment Glenn Maxwell strode to the crease, he made it look like a different wicket.”
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.
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