Indian pacer Mohammed Shami is having an impressive series in the ongoing tour against New Zealand. Shami started the first match at McLean Park in Napier with a three-wicket haul.
In that match he dismissed Colin Munro and Martin Guptill in his first spell. In the second match at Bay Oval in Mount Maungunai, Shami picked up one wicket and conceded only 43 runs.
Shami came back stronger in the third match as he picked up the Man of the Match award. He bowled nine overs, gave 42 runs and took three important wickets.
The pacer from Bengal once again dismissed Munro and got rid of Ross Taylor, who was threatening to take the game away. Taylor had scored 93 from 106 balls before getting out.
Taylor’s dismissal turned out to be crucial as it prevented the Kiwis to accelerate in the death overs. A couple of overs later Shami dismissed Ish Sodhi. The Kiwi spinner had scored a useful 12 runs at a run-a-ball.
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Doull impressed with Shami’s English
During the post-match ceremony, former Kiwi cricketer Simon Doull asked Shami about the bowling tactics. Shami replied to the question by saying:
It’s really difficult to bowl against the wind. One comes with the wind and the other is against the wind. It is difficult but not too hard. Bhuvi at the other end was also a great help. Sticking to areas where we want to bowl is the key.
Shami was supposed to speak in Hindi, as he did it Napier. There skipper Kohli translated his Hindi to English. But here Shami decided to answer Doull’s question in English.
Shami didn’t fumble while speaking and his manner of speaking impressed Doull. As a result Doull said, “Your English Bahut acha. (Your English is very good)”.