Need four sessions after securing a lead of around 400 to win: Mohammed Shami

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28 Dec 2021 | 05:45 PM staff

Need four sessions after securing a lead of around 400 to win: Mohammed Shami

The India fast bowler finished with figures of 5 for 44 to help bowl South Africa out for 197 in the first innings

Mohammed Shami, whose figures of 5 for 44 helped India bundle South Africa out for just 197 says that each and everyone has worked hard to make India a formidable pace attack. He added that a lead of around 350-400 and four sessions is all that is need to win the match.

Shami also brought up his 200th Test wicket during his spell that gave India a massive 130-run first-innings lead. India ended Day Three of the Centurion Test at 16 for 1, leading the Proteas by 146 runs.

Over the years, many have praised the support staff, including the former bowling coach Bharat Arun for the work he had put in with the team, but Shami had a different opinion. "Indian pace bowling is a formidable one because each and every member has worked hard and achieved it all with their sheer hard work.

"They have created their own little units (niche) for themselves and yes they are the ones who have put in immense amount of hard work in the last 6-7 years. They are here on their own," Shami gave a detailed and loaded answer without naming anyone.

"Yes, credit goes to support staff. They support your skill but it's not fair that you take any particular name. What you should see is what kind of effort that these boys have put in and I give credit to boys who have put in the effort," Shami was very clear about what he felt.

Speaking of the match in hand, Shami said that India will need four sessions to bowl South Africa out after securing a lead in the region of 350-400. "A lead of 146 is fine but two days are still left. We have to bat for the better part of tomorrow and if we can make around 250 (in second innings) and the lead is close to 400, then we can give them four sessions or maybe a bit more.

"But that depends on captain but a minimum of 350 to 400 runs will be required for sure," Shami said.

For Shami, the more you harness your skills, the better results you are bound to get as it happened in his case. "No one can ever dream as to what he can ultimately achieve when you are coming up the ranks and struggling to make a mark. Your dream is to become an India player and play with those whom you have seen on TV.

"All you can do is work hard and if you work hard you are bound to get results."

For Shami, if someone is playing at this level, he should learn to adapt. "Test match isn't any rocket science. If you are a Test level bowler, you should know your lengths and also have an idea of conditions and adapt accordingly."

Shami still has an earthen feel to the way he talks and how lucidly he can express his feelings just like the seam position of his deliveries that seem so natural. "My father has made me what I am today. I come from a village (Sahaspur, UP's Amroha) where there aren't many facilities and even today there aren't all facilities available.

"Even then, my father would cycle me 30 kms to take me to coaching camp and that struggle I still remember. In those days and those situations, they invested in me and I am forever grateful."

During COVID-19 induced lockdown, Shami and his family donated ration to the needy and also arranged for buses to send labourers to their respective homes. "My family has ingrained certain values in me and it includes standing by people in their hour of need, helping the distressed.

"My parents were associated with politics and served the people locally and it's in my blood. Lockdown required me to help people and I did that. 

"If you work hard, Allah grants you success but then you should never leave your own people. Bas ek doosre ka saath rahna chahiye (We should always remain united)," he said. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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