Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami has hailed the efforts of the bowling unit of the Indian team. Hosts England at one stage were 216 for 3 and were looking dangerous. But the Indian bowlers pulled themselves back brilliantly and rattled the batting line-up of England as the hosts ended the day with 285 for 9.
It all began with the magnificent run-out of England skipper Joe Root by Indian captain Virat Kohli. Once the partnership between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow got broken, Indian bowlers get into the act and did not let any batsman settle. All bowlers contributed brilliantly and the attack was led by spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who once again proved his value at the crucial time.
You can see what we have done, says Shami
Speaking with the media after the day’s play, Mohammed Shami hails the effort and determination bowling unit has shown. “As you have seen the wicket is a little slower, there is hard work for sure, we have to maintain good line and length all day. It was a little tough initially because it was slow and a little damp. As the day went on, the wicket came good. As a bowling unit, we have stopped them well from 216-3, you can see what we have done”, says Mohammed Shami.
Speaking further, the fast bowler also adds that on the wickets like these, you always have to be accurate. “Initially when you bowl on such wickets here you get an idea how it will behave and what you need to keep doing. So there weren’t many changes in our approach during the day but we tried to control line and length through the day, and try not to give any width”, further quotes Mohammed Shami.
The bowlers have shifted the momentum in the favour of the visitors, and now all will depend on the batting unit and how they will capitalise on the opportunity given to them by their bowlers. India will surely be the side on the top when they come out to claim the last English wicket.