Team India fast bowler Mohammed Shami has been India’s finest fast bowler in the last year in red-ball cricket. He was once again at his particular best in the recently concluded Test match against Bangladesh at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. He returned with seven wickets – three in the first innings, backed by four in the second essay as the host routed the Bangla Tigers by an innings and 130 runs to go 1-0 up in the series.

Since his return to cricket from the setback in his personal life, Mohammed Shami has come out with a different intensity. He has lost weight, looked fitter and used all the negatives to hone his craft. In the last two years, the Bengal cricketer has scalped 81 wickets at an average of 23 from 20 Test matches. Shami has the best strike-rate among bowlers in 2019.

Mohammed Shami celebrates a wicket. Credit: BCCI

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Shami reveals his success mantra

He jumped eight spots in the recently released MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for bowlers to occupy the seventh spot in the chart. Mohammed Shami’s consistent success has earned him praise from all quarters with veteran South African bowler Dale Steyn calling him the best red-ball bowler currently. He now has 31 Test wickets to his name for seven matches in 2019 and is third in the list of highest wicket-takers. Stuart Broad (34) and Pat Cummins (43) sit only ahead of him.

Speaking about his success mantra while chatting with Star Sports, Mohammed Shami said he focuses on the wicket before making his plan. He spoke about changing the line and length continuously considering the nature of the wicket which makes thing difficult for the batsman.

“What one thing bowlers should do is keep an eye on the wicket and how is it behaving, so what I do is as the pitch gets slower I keep pushing myself and when I notice that the batsman is uncomfortable I go over the top… so the length has to keep changing,” Shami said.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. Credit: BCCI

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Mohammed Shami will hope to keep up his excellent work when India play the historic day-night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata from November 22.