Pathan Hails Shami’s Bouncer that Dismissed Bracewell
Irfan Pathan, a former Indian all-rounder, is noted for his swing exploits, which he often utilised to disrupt the opposition. This quality allows him to correctly assess a bowler’s mentality and abilities. During an appearance on the Star Sports programme ‘Follow the Blues,’ he expressed his admiration for Mohammed Shami and expressed optimism that the Indian side can find the ideal mix before beginning their World Cup campaign.
Shami has performed well in his comeback to the One-Day International (ODI) format for Team India. He has been bowling effectively for his squad, with consistent line and length, which might pose a problem for the hitter. He was a vital member of the team in the most recent ODI World Cup, which was hosted in England in 2019, and he will be trying to join the squad again.
Pathan expressed his thoughts on the seasoned racer. “I was pretty pleased with Shami because of the manner he set it up, the first wicket, the first over,” he said. Everything began there because we continued bowling at first, and with a little bit of variety in his wrists, getting the ball in was quite successful.”
Furthermore, the former bowler believes Shami has the ability to take significant wickets at critical moments of the game. “The three wickets that he took, two in his first stint and then removing Bracewell with a bouncer, who might have been a danger to team India,” he said. He utilised the pitch brilliantly, throwing a bouncer and taking his wicket, changing the angle against him depending to the scenario.”
Pathan then emphasised how critical it is for Indian team selection and management to get their bowling combination correct. “India has to concentrate on bowling,” he continued. It is critical to decide what combination we should play and which bowlers should get a chance based on how they use the wickets.” He said, “The major difficulty here is that the surfaces are flat and our bowling isn’t up to par, as we’ve seen in the past two T20 World Cups against Pakistan and England in the semi-finals.”
In their third and final ODI against New Zealand, India will have the opportunity to put their bench strength to the test. India will want to seal a series sweep with another dominant performance against the visitors.