Mohammed Shami, India’s most deft pacemaker, is in the “right zone” after his impressive performance in the IPL, allowing him to prepare for the big test run against Australia “without any pressure”. Shami had his best IPL season when his 20 wickets for Kings XI Punjab, including a spectacular five-run defense in a double Super Over match against Mumbai Indians, were one of the highlights of the tournament. “My performances for KXIP in IPL have given me a lot of confidence and put me in the right zone,” Shami told BCCI.TV.
As an artist with the red ball, Shami feels that a good IPL has taken the burden off him.
“The biggest advantage is that I can now prepare for the coming series without any pressure. It doesn’t bother me. I feel very comfortable at the moment.”
“I had worked hard on my bowling and my fitness in the lockdown. I knew IPL would happen sooner or later and I was preparing for that.”
Shami made no bones about the fact that test matches are a priority for him on this tour as he tries to get in the groove during last week’s training session.
“We’re going to do a long tour, starting with the white ball, followed by the pink and red ball. Tests. My focus area is the red ball and I’m working on my lengths and seam movement.”
“I’ve always felt that once you start throwing the ball to the desired length, you can hit different sizes.”
He feels that after the IPL his white ball shape is in control and therefore he needed more preparation with the red ball.
“What you need is control. I’ve done well with the cue ball and now spend time in the nets, bowling with the red ball. You don’t bowl in the same area because both formats are different, but your base doesn’t change. a lot of.”
With Steve Smith and David Warner, who went missing during India’s victorious 2018/19 campaign, back in the mix, things will get tougher for the Indian tempo quartet.
But the senior bowler is hardly troubled by their presence.
“India has quality batsmen and we throw them in the nets. We don’t look at names, we focus on our skills. You can be a world class batsman, but one good ball will get you out,” said Shami. .
The veteran pacemaker said the diverse abilities make for very powerful attacks such as those of India, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and the menacing Jasprit Bumrah.
“Our fast bowling group can bowl at 140 km / h plus and you need that pace in Australia. Even our reserves are fast, you don’t get to see that kind of attack.”
Shami recalled that the pacers have done well in all overseas conditions, taking 20 wickets in many Test matches and also in spin-friendly conditions at home.
“There is a healthy competition, but there is no rivalry within the group. If you look at the numbers, we managed to pick 20 wickets on almost all of our away tours.”
Speaking of IPL and Shami expresses satisfaction that he can only defend five runs when two explosive players like Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock were on strike.
“Being able to defend only 5 runs against two most explosive batsmen (Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock) is very satisfying. There is no margin for error when the goal is so small.”
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