Mohammed Shami: We push each other

Updated: Nov 17, 2019, 07:33 IST | PTI | Indore

Ishant, Umesh and Shami reveal what makes them the world's best pace battery after India's innings and 130-run victory against Bangladesh to wrap up the first Test in three days.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami

Indore: Feeding off each other's success over attaching importance to the hierarchy within the fast bowling department has helped in Indian pacers' recent success, the experienced Ishant Sharma said here on Saturday. The trio of Ishant, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav shared 14 wickets between them to annihilate Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs in the first Test here, helping India go 1-0 up in the two-match series.

"I am not treated as a senior, we don't have anything like that (junior/senior mindset). We always enjoy each other's success, speak with each other and try and share our plans. It's healthy competition," Ishant said after the match. To this, Shami added: "The more we get tired, the better fun we have. We push each other. We try to enjoy each other's success. There are certain things I cannot even say.

"I bowl alongside Ishant and Umesh. That makes it easier for me. I focus on my length and have been able to execute it well." Ishant said it's difficult for him to explain his recent purple patch. "I have played quite a lot. I am only 31 but having played almost 100 games, the body does feel old. The bowling is taking a toll on my body, but I'm enjoying it, trying out different variations."

Umesh said the incentive for the fast bowlers at home is that they get more overs when they take more wickets. "Earlier, the new ball was doing a lot for pacers. We know our strengths. We try to take wickets with the new ball and make it easier for spinners." Shami said he's looking forward to playing the pink-ball Test in Kolkata.

"What I try to do is to pitch it on a good spot, nothing special. I just try to execute a good line and length. That will be the same with the pink ball also," he said.

Biryani behind Mohd Shami's super success?

Indore: In a light-hearted banter between Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, the Bengal pacer revealed what makes him the standout bowler of this Indian Test team. "Well, people say it's biryani ka kamaal [It's down to the wonders of eating biryani]. No, it doesn't happen like that of course. But it's just luck and God's grace. One thing is that the line and length I'm focusing on are being executed. I'm getting success from that so I try to repeat that," Shami told Ishant, who finally got his answer after repeatedly asking him how he gets the wickets while he just beats the bat.

Shami also said there no secret that makes him the world's most effective pacer in the second innings. "It's a difficult job, but we push each other, we joke with each other. That feels very nice," said Shami.

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