Indian pacer Mohammed Shami revealed the crucial advice he gave to his fellow partner Jasprit Bumrah while batting in the 2nd innings of India vs England 2nd Test at Lord’s. Shami revealed that he asked Bumrah to wait for the fuller deliveries and stop swinging the bat at bouncers.
Mohammed Shami and Jaspirt Bumrah added 89 runs for the 9th wicket in the 2nd innings, rescuing India from a miserable condition. When Bumrah came out to bat at the crease, the Indian team was railing at 208-8 with having a lead of 181.
However, Shami smashed a fifty (56*) while Bumrah added 34 runs to give India a massive lead of 271 runs. With 298-8 on the scoreboard, both the bowlers returned unbeaten to the pavilion as India declared the innings.
Jasprit Bumrah Was Looking To Just Swing The Bat At Bouncers: Mohammed Shami
During a post-match interaction on Sony Sports, Mohammed Shami opened up about the advice he gave to his fellow partner Bumrah while batting.
“Bumrah was looking to just swing the bat at the bouncers. I told him that you are anyway swinging the bat and if he retains his shape, the ball will go on its own.
“There is not too much to think about because it was coming at 90 mph, even batsmen get beaten, so if you remain straight, you will get beaten. I told him to just wait for the fuller deliveries and not miss those,” Shami said.
Mohammed Shami also informed that he wanted to swing the bat after getting a lead of 200 runs but retained his patience.
“We were looking to add 30-40 runs in the morning, to take the lead beyond 180. Then we would have got two to two-and-a-half sessions to defend that. I was waiting to be given the freedom to swing the bat when we got a lead of 200 but still retained my patience there,” the right-arm pacer further said.
After setting a target of 272 runs for England, Indian pacers restricted them to a mere score of 120. Mohammed Siraj picked 4 crucial wickets in the 2nd innings, along with a 3-wicket haul by Bumrah. With 2 and 1 wickets respectively, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami sent the remaining English batsmen to the pavilion to earn a victory for the team by 151 runs.