Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami India's Special Fast Bowling Talent: Michael Holding
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Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami India’s Special Fast Bowling Talent: Michael Holding

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, New Zealand vs India 2020, India
Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

India’s new-ball bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are special fast bowling talents and it is not due to the pace they generate, said West Indies legend Michael Holding. The national team have relied on the services of Bumrah and Shami to the fore in the fast bowling department and they have delivered for the side.

Bumrah with his short run-up and slightly slinging action has been economical and troubled batsmen time and again. He also maintains a proper length and hardly has any room for error which makes him one of the finest fast bowlers of the current generation.

Shami has improved over the years. He does not provides a lot of width to the batsmen which makes him difficult to play. He is not also very quick but it is his line and length which makes all the difference. Shami, however, has not proved to be economical at times but batsmen have often been tempted to take him on and lose their wicket.

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Jasprit Bumrah (Credits: Twitter)

Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are India’s special fast bowling talent and it’s not just because of the pace: Michael Holding

“It is important to have pace, but you have got to have control as well and both of these guys have control. Shami is not very tall, is not extremely quick, but is quick enough. And he has the control and he moves the ball around a bit,” Michael Holding said on ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop’

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Mohammed Shami. Credit: BCCI

“You don’t find Shami spraying the ball all over the place. When you spray the ball all over the place, batsmen get relief, watching those balls go away. If you are constantly (bowling) in the right areas, attacking these batsmen, it creates more and more pressure and they are more liable to make mistakes. So that is Shami’s real strength,” he added.

Bumrah has picked up 68 wickets in Test, 104 in ODIs and 59 in T20Is while Shami has scalped 180 Test wickets, 144 in ODIs and 12 in the shortest format.