Senior seamer Mohammed Shami opens up about the camaraderie and the relationship between India’s pacers. The current Indian pace bowling attack is considered to be the best India has ever had, and arguably the strongest in the world currently.
The arrival of Jasprit Bumrah, the resurgence of Ishant Sharma, and more consistency and teeth to the bowling of Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav have catapulted the bowling attack to an elite level.
With Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is battling injuries for the past couple of years, the emergence of Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, add to it Prasidh Krishna, T Natarajan gives a glimpse of an unprecedented depth of high-quality pacers in the country’s closet.
With this quality and depth, India registered historic back-to-back Test series wins in Australia, and have set themselves up for doing the same in England and South Africa in the months to come.
Even if someone’s down and out, we make sure that we lift his spirits: Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami speaks about how not only they enjoy each other’s success, but also lift their teammate when one has had a bad day in the middle. The 30-year-old added that India’s pace bowling group “is a great package” and that everyone works extremely hard for the success they have achieved in recent years.
Mohammed Shami, who has 180 Test wickets in 50 games, reckons that the group takes immense pride in playing for the country. He has been at the forefront of India’s attack alongside Ishant and Bumrah – the trio has bagged 149 wickets in the 11 matches they have played together.
“Our fast bowling unit is a great package where everyone works really hard while also understanding the other counterparts really well. The bonding and the fun you saw that day was because we enjoy each other’s success a lot. We are happy when the other one is happy,” Mohammed Shami told Cricbuzz.
“Even if someone’s down and out, we make sure that we lift his spirits. We try to make them forget all the stresses and try to lighten the mood. I think all bonds should be like that because to play for your country is indeed a matter of pride. But this unit that we have built since 2013-14, you’ll find that the guys enjoy each other’s success a lot. We’ve curated such a healthy atmosphere within the last 5-6 years that you’ll find it hard to believe,” he asserted.
Mohammed Shami is making his return to the national team Test tour to the UK for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand and the subsequent 5-Test series with Joe Root’s side. He missed 3 Tests in Australia and the England series at home owing to a wrist injury that he sustained in the first Test in Adelaide.