New Delhi. one of the greatest batsmen Sunil Gavaskar (Sunil Gavaskar) has told how the pacer Mohammed Shami (Mohammed Shami) was filled with confidence by the then coach Ravi Shastri, when the Indian team went on a tour of South Africa in the year 2018. Shami bowled a brilliant spell against South Africa in the third Test at Newlands and took two wickets in an over to change the course of the match.
Mohammed Shami took the important wicket of Temba Bavuma, who looked strong and was frozen at the crease. After this he also dismissed wicket-keeper batsman Kyle Wren. Earlier in the day, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah also played well. South Africa’s first innings was reduced to 217 runs. Bumrah performed brilliantly and took 5 wickets while Shami and Umesh Yadav took 2 wickets each. Shardul Thakur also got 1 wicket.
Shami took 2 wickets for 39 runs in 16 overs and looked in great rhythm throughout. Sunil Gavaskar recalled Shami’s similar spell in the 2018 tour of South Africa which had put life in the fast bowler’s career. Gavaskar told during commentary that Ravi Shastri How the words filled Shami with enthusiasm. He said, ‘Wanderers, in the year 2018 when Shastri probably gave a ‘rocket’ knowledge to Shami. Shami had not done anything special before that. Shastri had told Shami in the dressing room – if you could not take wickets on this pitch, then I do not know which rocket of Shastri was in it.
He further said, ‘…and then he came out and completely spoiled the batting line-up of South Africa. Sometimes you know that a player’s confidence needs to be boosted. Sometimes you just have to fall into the trap.