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‘You need that kind of rhythm’: Mohammed Shami confident India’s fast bowlers can repeat the heroics of 2018/19 – cricket

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One of the big factors behind India’s 2-1 win over Australia in the 2018 Border-Gavaskar Trophy was the fact that their players were able to choose 20 wickets in seven innings of eight. Bowlers from India took 70 wickets combined with Jasprit Bumrah leading the pack with 21 scalps, while Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma claimed 16 and 11 wickets respectively.

This time around, the presence of David Warner and Steve Smith will make the challenge tougher for India for sure, but Shami is confident that his teammates, especially the fast bowlers, are confident of another brilliant show in Australia.

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“Our fast bowling group can play over 140km / h and you need that kind of pace in Australia. Even our reservations are fast, you can’t see that kind of attack. We thrive on challenges. We have the experience. We also have variety in our spinning bowling attack, ”Shami told BCCI.

“We can throw fast but we are all different, our skills are different. India has quality hitters and we throw them on the net. We don’t look at names, we focus on our abilities. You can be a world-class hitter, but a good ball will still get you out. “

In recent years, India’s fast bowling contingent has grown into one of the, if not the best, in the world and Shami reveals that the reason for its success is how well this unit has consolidated and united.

“The success of this group is due in large part to the camaraderie we share with each other. There is no real secret as such, but it lies in the strengths of each one. We have a common goal and we all seek to achieve it collectively, ”said the fast pitcher.

“There is healthy competition but there is no rivalry within the group. If you look at the numbers, we’ve managed to pick 20 sites on almost all of our out-of-home tours. Even at home, in the Freedom Trophy or in the pink ball event, the fast bowling group was very effective. We have a lot of discussion between us. We hunt in pairs. “

Shami enters the Australian tour on the back of a wonderful IPL, where playing for Kings XI Punjab, the quick 30-year-old won 20 wickets from 14 matches. At one point, Shami was head to head with Kagiso Rabada, who eventually won the Purple Cap, before falling behind. But the kind of pace he played with in the United Arab Emirates was the perfect tonic for Shami to get out of lockdown and into the grueling tour.

“My performances for KXIP at IPL have given me a lot of confidence and put me in the right zone. The biggest advantage is that now I can prepare for the next series without any pressure, ”added Shami. “There is no burden for me. I am very comfortable at the moment. I had worked hard at my bowling alley and my physical condition in the running. I knew the IPL would take place sooner or later and I was preparing for it. “

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