Told Mohammed Shami that I want him to become a tearaway pacer: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgTold Mohammed Shami that I want him to become a tearaway pacer: Shoaib AkhtarMohammed Shami picked up a brilliant five-wicket haul during the second innings of South Africa in the Vizag Test, which India won by 203 runs.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiOctober 8, 2019UPDATED: October 8, 2019 11:05 IST Mohammed Shami ran through the South African batting lineup on Day 5 of the Vizag Test (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami picked up his fifth 5-wicket on Day 5 of the Vizag TestShami is only the 5th Indian to bag a five-for in the 4th innings of a home TestSince 2018, Shami has picked 40 wickets in the 2nd innings in Test cricket at a staggering average of 17.70Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has backed Mohammed Shami, who played a crucial role in India’s emphatic win in the first Test against South Africa, to become the “king of reverse swing”.Shami picked up a brilliant five-wicket haul during the second innings of South Africa in the Visakhapatnam Test which India won by 203 runs.Speaking in a video on his YouTube channel, Akhtar said that he once advised Shami to try and become a tearaway pacer while also using reverse swing, a rare quality in contemporary fast bowlers from the sub-continent.”After India’s (50-over) World Cup disappointment, Shami called me up one day and said he was feeling sad that he could not do well for India. I told him not to lose heart but maintain fitness. I told him that the home series is coming and you will do well.”I told Shami that I want him to become a tearaway pacer, running through batting line-ups. He has seam and swing, besides that he has reverse swing which very few bowlers in the subcontinent have. I told him you can become king of reverse swing.”Now, you see what he has done, he has got wickets from a docile pitch (in Visakhaptnam). I am very happy for him.”Under Virat Kohli, Shami is going to thrive. I told Shami that Kohli is a potent captain who enjoys captaincy and gives full freedom to his bowlers,” he added.Earlier, Shami had also praised Kohli and said he puts in a lot of trust on his bowlers.advertisement”Virat Kohli as a captain always hears us out and gives us the freedom to follow our strategy during the match. He has given us the freedom to take a call on whether we want to bowl 5 overs or 7 overs or more — he says ‘if you have the power, go ahead and bowl’. That’s when we take a call that we will bowl three overs but with full power… That’s the understanding we have. He trusts us, and we trust him,” Shami had said after the first Test against the Proteas.With a lead of 1-0 in the three-match rubber, India will look to clinch the series in Pune in the second Test beginning Thursday.Also Read | 1st Test: Mohammed Shami, India’s trump card in 2nd-innings, shines in VizagAlso Read | We know what a fresh Mohammed Shami can do after some biryani: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Kohli as a captain gives us the freedom to follow our strategy: ShamiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Mohammed ShamiFollow Shoaib AkhtarFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Vizag Testlast_img