New Delhi, May 19: English conditions are generally known to favour pace and swing. The ongoing cricket season seems to be somewhat different.
With the flat English pitches producing mountains of runs during the ongoing series between England and Pakistan, the upcoming World Cup is expected to a high scoring one.
But despite the fact that even totals approaching the 350-run mark have been repeatedly breached by both teams during the ongoing series, Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami is not unduly worries.
One of the frontline pacers in the Indian squad, Shami is relying on his speed and guile to counter the batting friendly conditions.
“Flat pitches in England have become a batsman’s paradise in limited-overs cricket. But a bowler has to be smart enough to alter his line and length according to the conditions. I have the pace and swing to outsmart them. I am not overly worried about it," Shami was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
"In fact, I believe the conditions are suited for my bowling. The late movement outside the off-stump will definitely come in handy,” he added.
The fast bowler from Uttar Pradesh, who represents Bengal in the domestic circuit, has struggled with injuries and resultant lack of form over the past couple of years.
He was one of the main pacers for India at the 2015 World Cup but he was soon hit by a knee injury and his form deserted him due to lack of fitness.
He was also involved in a controversy when his wife accused him and his family of domestic violence.
The 29-year-old however, eventually managed to regaim form and fitness and managed to find a spot in the Indian squad for the tour to Australia and New Zealand late last year.
The yorker used to be one of the most lethal weapons in his arsenal and Shami asserted that he intends to use it to good effect at the World Cup which starts on May 30 in England and Wales.
“I worked on my game during the time I was away from the field and didn’t lose focus of my aim – to get back into the national reckoning. I have returned stronger, faster and fitter," he said.
“My yorkers are still as potent as they used to be and I will be using a lot of them during the World Cup. I back myself to bowl fast, incoming deliveries and it wouldn’t be easy for batsmen out there to hit me,” Shami added.
With the current Indian squad boasting three world class fast bowlers, Shami remarked that he shares a healthy rapport with fellow pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the trio learning from each other.
“We are a happy bowling bunch. We discuss a lot among ourselves. We are not shy of taking each other’s advice, that’s the kind of freedom we enjoy. I tell Bumrah about a certain bowling aspect and he does the same with me. Our experience makes us a very strong bowling unit. We know our roles going into the World Cup and exploit the conditions accordingly,” he said.
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