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India’s pace attack is better than that of New Zealand: Mohammed Shami

May 20, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Mohammed Shami believes that the country's pace unit is better than that of the Kiwis. Team India is going to face New Zealand in the World Test Championship final starting June 18. Many cricket fans and experts have already begun to compare the pace attacks of both India and New Zealand. Considering the seam-friendly English conditions, it is anticipated to be a massive test for the batsmen. However, for Indian pacer Mohammed Shami, the Indian pace unit edges the NZ unit when compared statistically. The Indian cricket team has won 12 matches and lost 4 games during the tournament, whereas one has ended in a draw.

The six Tests in England will be an excellent opportunity to get to 200 wickets: Mohammed Shami

Team India hasn't performed well in their recent tours of New Zealand. The Indian batsmen have particularly struggled against the Kiwi pace attack. The NZ pace troika consists of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, etc. The pitch in England is also anticipated to be very similar to those in New Zealand, giving the NZ pace department a considerable boost. Cricketing conditions in England are very much identical to those in New Zealand. Although Australia is a neighboring country, cricket pitches in NZ are nothing like in Australia. The ball in Australia does not swing and seam much, and there is just pace and bounce.

Talking about Mohammed Shami, he believes that the upcoming six Tests in England certainly give him an excellent opportunity to get 200 wickets. Shami is an essential player of the Indian pace attack. The Indian selection committee has picked as many as 6 fast bowlers in the 20-member squad for the WTC final and the England series. The 30-year-old is going to partner Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah if India goes for a 3-man pace unit in the WTC final.

Mohammed Shami has featured in 8 Tests in England. In those, he has managed to scalp only 21 wickets at an average of over 47.04. However, having toured England for Tests twice in the past, the seasoned Indian pacer is hopeful of an improved outing this time. Shami has not played for the country since the Adelaide Test in December 2020. The pacer was ruled out of the last 3 Tests against Australia due to a wrist injury. He was also not part of the 4-Test series against England at home.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth