The Indian Premier League (IPL) saw its first-ever double super over in match number 36 between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab. While KL Rahul was Man of the Match for his 77 of 51 balls, it was Mohammed Shami who stole the show by defending merely 5 runs in the first of the two super overs.
The match was tied when Kings XI Punjab made the same number of runs as Mumbai Indians. In the super over, Jasprit Bumrah dismissed KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran and gave away only 5 runs. The match looks done and dusted when Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock came in to bat.
However, Mohammed Shami had other plans. The right-arm pacer nailed yorker after yorker -something even Bumrah would be proud looking at from the other dressing room – and gave just 5 singles, which meant that the match had to continue to another super over. Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal chased down the target in the second super over against Trent Boult.
There is no margin for error when the target is so small: Mohammed Shami
Recently, Mohammed Shami talked about the super over, and his thought process at that time. Shami felt absolutely satisfied after defending just 5 runs against two very destructive batsman- Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock. The Bengal pacer opined that he couldn’t afford to bowl any bad ball as the target was so small. He believes that nobody would have given him a chance to defend such a paltry target against Rohit and de Kock.
Mohammed Shami said to BCCI, “Being able to defend just 5 runs against two most explosive batsmen is thoroughly satisfying. There is no margin for error when the target is so small. I don’t think anybody would have given us a chance against such top-class batters.
Shami backed his skills to nail the yorkers at that time. He said that bowling a pinpoint yorker is difficult- if he missed the mark it would end up as a full toss or a half volley. The 30-year-old seamer was in tremendous form in the IPL, especially with the new ball in the powerplay. In IPL 2020, he snared 20 wickets at an economy of 8.57.
“I remained hopeful and backed my skills. When you are bowling yorkers there is a chance that you will end up bowling a low full toss, but I am happy I could execute my skills,” he added.
Mohammed Shami is currently in Australia where he is selected in all three format squads to take on the hosts. The ODI series commences on November 27th in Sydney.