Indian pacer Mohammed Shami credited his father for his success after completing 200 Test wickets playing in his 55th match.
On Tuesday, Shami led India’s proceedings with the ball after their batting innings folded up on 327 with a lower middle-order collapse.
Mohammed Shami becomes fifth Indian pacer to complete 200 Test wickets
Shami bagged five wickets for 44 runs to decimate South Africa’s batting line-up as the Proteas were bowled out for 197 in 62.3 overs.
Shami got South Africa’s top-order comprised of openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram followed by Keegan Petersen.
Shami got India the crucial breakthrough after dismissing Temba Bavuma, who was looking in great touch with the bat on 52. The Indian pacer induced Kagiso Rabada’s edge to achieve his 200th Test wicket.
Shami became the fifth Indian pace bowler and overall 11th bowler from the country to complete the milestone.
The entire credit for my success goes to my father: Mohammed Shami
Shami credited his success to his late father -Tousif Ali- who passed away in 2017 because of a heart attack.
“The celebration after reaching the 200 wickets mark was for my father, he had passed away in 2017. The entire credit for my success goes to him, I had a very good upbringing. I just wanted to credit my father as he was there for me throughout,” Shami told bowling coach Paras Mhambrey on BCCI.TV.
“I was just thinking about how good the effort has been, I felt it would be nice if I can get a five-wicket haul. I also reached the 200 wickets landmark in Test cricket, it is a nice and proud feeling. When I took 100 wickets in Tests, I thought I have achieved something, after 200, I am feeling very good and I just hope to keep on performing for the side. The more you enjoy your cricket, performances keep on coming,” he added.
India lost opener Mayank Agarwal to Marco Jansen at the end of the day’s play as KL Rahul (5*) and Shardul Thakur (4*) will resume the second innings on Day 4. India are currently leading by 146 runs.