India’s front-line pacer, Mohammed Shami will be an integral part of India’s squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa. The speedster has been brilliant with the red ball for India since his debut, and has won a lot of praise from pundits.
Shami performed well in the Ranji trophy semi-final as well, and his good form going into the Test series against the Proteas will be important for India.
The Bengali pacer has taken 95 scalps in his Test career so far, and is rarely seen going wicket-less. However, Shami will face stern competition in the “Rainbow Nation” and it will be interesting how the fast bowler adapts to the South African conditions.
Nevertheless, Shami was seen in good spirits ahead of the tour, while talking to Xtratime.
The Test series between South Africa and India might just be the last time some veterans of the South African team face the Asian giants. The players will love to get the better of the number one Test team, and end their careers on a high note.
However, Shami was not affected by any of this talk, and revealed that India had their own plans and they do not fear anyone.
The 27-year-old made sure that the topic would be discussed at the next team meeting. “Yes they will definitely try to take the revenge of their loss on our home soil, but we don’t fear them as our plan is ready too. We will discuss this matter during our next team meeting,” Shami said in an interview with Xtratime.
South Africa’s veteran pacer, Dale Steyn himself made a lot of controversial comments of late, and ignited a war of words.
“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,” Steyn had said.
The comments have been in the media, but Shami did not care about any of it.
The Bengali pacer was quite straightforward, and revealed that he did not care about what people comment, and that he and the team were focused on their goal.
“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 clarify that the team doesn’t fear anybody and we are ready for the counterpunch,” exclaimed Shami.
The pacer also remarked that India have been playing fearless cricket, which fills fear among the opposition. The 27-year-old continued that he did not care about any comments, and he only cares about the team doing well. Shami concluded, “We have played fearless cricket in last couple of years and we will do the same on our upcoming tour too.”