Indian pace bowler Mohammed Shami said that a pace bowler is made upon his own efforts and hard work.
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 completed 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.
Indian pacers have created their own little units for themselves: Mohammed Shami
Shami became the fifth Indian pace bowler and overall 11th bowler from the country to complete the milestone.
The 31-year-old bowler said that the support staff should be given the credit but moreover, it is the bowler who toils in their bowling.
“Indian pace bowling is a formidable one because each and every member has worked hard and achieved it all with their sheer hard work,” Shami was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“They have created their own little units (niche) for themselves and yes they are the ones who have put in an immense amount of hardwork in the last 6-7 years. They are here on their own.
“Yes, credit goes to support staff. They support your skill but it’s not fair that you take any particular name. What you should see is what kind of effort that these boys have put in and I give credit to boys who have put in the effort,” he added.
Shami credited his success to his late father – Tousif Ali – who passed away in 2017 because of a heart attack.