IND vs SA: India’s Test skipper, Virat Kohli has hailed Mohammed Shami as one of the best three seamers in world cricket presently. His remarks came after Shami’s outstanding performance in the first Test against South Africa. Shami picked a five-wicket haul to bundle South Africa out for just 197 runs in the second innings. He followed it with a three-for in the last innings of the Test match. His spell helped India win the first Test by a big margin of 113 runs.
“Absolutely world-class talent. For me, he’s easily among the best three seamers in the world right now. Just the way he bowls on pitches which don’t seem to offer too much to others. He just gets that extra bit from any pitch he bowls on purely because of his strong wrist, his seam position, and his ability to hit a length consistently, and areas, where you can’t leave the ball, is his biggest quality. Very, very happy for him to get 200 wickets.”
Shami’s counterpart, Jasprit Bumrah bowled only 7.2 overs in the second innings as he twisted his ankle midway during the innings, which forced him to sit out for the entire innings. Virat Kohli opined that had Bumrah not gotten injured, South Africa would have bundled out much earlier. Bumrah fortunately, recovered well and bowled in the last innings of the Test match. He claimed 3 for 50 in 19 overs.
“The fact he didn’t bowl much in the first innings probably allowed the opposition to get around 40 extra runs. We probably would have had a larger lead and the game wouldn’t have gone that close that it did on the last day… Us as a batting unit speak about this often if we have to face them (the bowling unit), it’s a very difficult task in today’s cricket. Just the way these guys bowl together has been a hallmark of our team getting a result in difficult situations. Huge credit to them for not just this Test but where Indian cricket is for the last 4-5 years.”
With the win, India now leads the three-match Test series by 1-0 margin. The second Test is scheduled to be played from 3rd January to 7th January 2021 at The Wanderers Stadium.