Right arm pacer Mohammed Shami will be an integral member of the Indian squad for the upcoming test series against South Africa. The right arm pacer has been one of the spearheads of the Indian bowling attack ever since his debut and will have a point to prove in the fast bouncy South African wickets.
The 27 tear old has been brilliant with the ball in hand in the Test series against Sri Lanka at home last month which was also his comeback series. The Bengal speedster performed well in the Ranji Trophy semi final against Delhi as well and his form going into South Africa will be crucial for the visiting side. The Bengal fast bowler was found indulging in a war of words with South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn. Steyn, who is making a comeback to international cricket after almost a year had made some controversial statement on the Indian team quite recently.
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Here is what the Proteas speedster had said :
“The batsmen will know that it’s (pace of 150kmph) there, and I’m able to take their feet away, hit them in the head, whatever. The rest of the time I’ve always relied on skill: relentless line and length, trying to knock guys over and just being smart.”
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Mohammed Shami, in a recent interview with XtraTime, however rebuked the South African pacer’s comments and made it clear that the Indian team did not fear anyone and were only focused on giving their best in the field.
“Not only Steyn, anybody can say anything or write anything, but we are only eyeing to give our 100 percent and I just want to clear that the team don’t fear anybody and we are ready for the counter punch. We have played fearless cricket in last couple of years’ time and we will do the same in our upcoming tour too,”
Mohammed Shami pointed out.
On being asked about India’s chances of winning in South Africa, the 27-year old remarked that the morale of the team was high coming from the extraordinary home season and players would be looking to play to their fullest potentials.
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“We all are hoping for the best as our moral is very high ahead of the tour. The team has played really well at home in last couple of years and if we can perform to our potential, history will definitely be made,”