New Delhi: Jasprit Bumrah was the first choice of selectors for Team India in the T20 World Cup. But the news of his absence came as a big shock to the team but soon enough, India selected Mohammad Shami as the replacement.
Shami has also proved that his form and skills are exemplary in the very first that he played on Australian land against the hosts themselves. Taking four wickets in the last over, Shami has sent huge message to all teams in the mega tournament.
In an exclusive interview with PTI, Sachin Tendulkar commented on India pacer Mohammad Shami said that he can do more than just fill the void of Jasprit Bumrah.
“Bumrah not being there is a big loss and we obviously needed a strike bowler. An out and out genuine fast bowler, who could attack batters and get wickets. Shami has proven that and he seems a good replacement,” Tendulkar.
“Arshdeep has shown a lot of promise and he looks a balanced guy. And whatever I have seen of him, he looks a committed fellow because you can see a player, you can make out looking at his mindset,” he added.
Sachin Tendulkar hails Mohammad Shami’s skills
“With the turn you end up playing more in the direction of the turn and there are only few batters, who have been able to hit consistently against the turn. Normally, captains look at the boundary dimensions and decide which bowler (off-spinner/leg spinner or left-arm spinner) should play. You also look at the direction in which the breeze is blowing before picking a spinner.
“It also depends on bowling style and which areas one likes to attack. Whether it is more towards the batter’s body or outside the off-stump. Ideally, if you pick an off-spinner, you would want to introduce him from the end where the off-side boundary is shorter in case batter wants to hit against the spin.”
“I think sometimes it is also the conditions and defending totals has been a problem. Conditions do change during the course of the game and chasing does become easier.
“At certain venues, toss becomes important when you know dew is going to be a factor. Whatever the runs you score, once the ball starts getting wet and outfield gets wet, then you can still get out and score those extra runs than the side batting first, he concluded.