Mohammed Shami discusses with Bowling Coach Paras Mhambrey after Team India comprehensive win in the first ODI

Veteran India pacer Mohammed Shami said he was not looking to stay out of ODIs for a long time and went into his comeback match with a calm mind as he knew how the white ball behaved. The ODI match against England on Monday was Shami’s first in this format in almost two years. The last ODI he played was against Australia in November 2020 in which India lost by 51 runs. Shami, who took three for 31 at the Oval on Tuesday, said in a conversation with bowling coach Paras Mhambrey on ‘BCCI.TV’, “It was not a short break, it was a three-year break.”

He said, “Nothing was going through my mind about this break. I have become very comfortable with the team. We travel together and have been playing together for almost a decade.

Shami said, “Everyone knows their work and after playing so much cricket if any question arises in your mind then I think it is not right.” This match was very important for Shami. He became the fastest Indian bowler to reach the 150-wicket mark in the history of ODI cricket. He is third in the overall table.

Shami said, “It was very important to come down with a clear mindset. Because you already knew what you need to do, where you have to pitch the ball, how the white ball behaves. Everybody knows the basics.

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He said, “But you have to show courage from the heart and if you are like that then you can play in any format at any time.” Apart from Shami, fellow pacer Jasprit Bumrah scored a career-best 19 runs. Took six wickets. He said, “As soon as we started bowling, the ball was coming to a halt and seaming. It became important that we control the line and length.

Shami said, “We did our best (in the first ODI), that’s how the series should start, this is an example.” But if the wicket is dry or slow, the strategy can be changed.

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