Mark Waugh all praises for India’s Mohammed Shami

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Former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh was quite impressed by Mohammed Shami ‘s performance in the first two ODI’s against Australia. Shami bagged 5 wicket haul in the first ODI in Mohali followed by solid performance in second ODI in Indore.

Shami showed his trademark rhythm and discipline. Bowling with an upright seam on a two-paced track that offered some seam movement – right from the onset. Battling the enervating heat and humidity in Mohali. He perfectly set up Mitchell Marsh, sending him back when Shubman Gill grabbed him in the slips. Shami angled the ball into the makeshift opener, but it shaped away ever so slightly after pitching to kiss the outside of his bat.  

Shami was also responsible for removing a well-set Steve Smith. He was threatening to take the game away from India despite their sharp start with the ball. It was arguably the best of all of his five dismissals, with his nip-backer leading to Smith’s undoing as the batter inside-edged the ball back to his stumps.

Talking about the performance former Australian skipper Mark Waugh said,

“He hit the perfect length and that’s where he got the batsmen caught at the crease. So not too short or not too full. Just the perfect length where you get a little bit of movement. You’re going to hit the stumps still, but the batsmen can’t get a four. Shami was always threatening with that half-volley length. It’s a fine margin, but on this type of track, you need to be spot on,” 

Mohammed Shami put forward a strong case for World Cup playing XI

This performance will cause few selection headache for the team management leading into the ODI World Cup 2023.

Former Indian cricket Abhishek Nayar talks about ‘Shami vs Sira’ debate,

It’s going to be an interesting match-up between the two. There’s going to be this thought process of picking wickets. You got to know the importance of picking wickets in today’s game because India managed to bowl out a strong Australian batting line-up where you’ve got Sean Abbott batting at No 10. So, it just tells you that when you have bowlers capable of picking up wickets, there may very well be a toss-up between a Shardul Thakur where you are thinking whether or not you are thinking of going with that all-rounder’s slot or going with an out-and-out bowler who can pick you wickets in every phase of the game,

However, India will play their final ODI on 27th September in Rajkot. Answers to many of these selection questions may be answered in that final ODI before the all important World Cup.

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