Last Update on: September 23rd, 2023 at 12:24 pm
Mohammed Shami’d 5/51 was instrumental in giving India a crucial win against Australia in the first ODI in Mohali on Friday. This was India’s first ODI win in Mohali since 1996. The Men in Blue had lost four out of the five previous matches against Australia at this venue.
Shami got to 37 wickets against Australia which now brings him to the second position for most wickets against the Aussies among Indian bowlers. Kapil Dev leads the list with 45 wickets against the Men in Yellow.
Shami picked the wicket of Mitchell Marsh in the very first over and then went on to take four more wickets. He bowled an initial spell of three overs in the hot and humid conditions and then came back to bowl his next seven overs in two spells.
Shami dismissed Marcus Stoinis (29), Matt Short (2) and Sean Abbott (2) in his final spell in the death overs. His spell helped India bowl Australia out for 276 in 48.4 overs.
After the game, he spoke about the hot and humid conditions in Mohali that made life difficult for bowlers.
“The heat does play a factor. We are human beings after all. It can take a toll on your body but after playing international cricket for such a long, I am habituated to handling such conditions. When the wickets are unresponsive, you have to put in that extra effort with the ball so you will naturally see fast bowlers bowling shorter spells because of that,” he said in the post-match press conference.
I End Up Practising More At Home Than With The Indian Team: Mohammed Shami
He then went on to reveal an interesting aspect of his practice sessions at home. He said that he practices more at home than with the Indian team. He also spoke about his setup in his Amroha house in UP.
“That break after the WTC final was necessary as I had been playing non-stop cricket for 6-7 months. I felt that my body needed some rest. I had a discussion with the coach and captain and then we decided that I should take a break. But my rest doesn’t feel like rest because I end up practising more at home. The kind of set-up I have at my home, I practice more compared to when I am with the Indian team,” said Shami.
The last two ODIs will be played in Indore (September 24, Sunday) and Rajkot (September 27, Wednesday).