Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has made a comeback to the Indian Test squad for the WTC final against New Zealand and the England Test series thereafter. The BCCI selection committee announced the squad on May 7. They picked a 20-member squad as India travels to England to play in the all-important WTC final as well as a five-Test series against the hosts Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, and Mohammed Shami returned to the side after recovering from injuries while the likes of Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar missed out.
Meanwhile, talking to Harsha Bhogle on Cribuzz’s special episode Mohammed Shami opened up on the current Indian pace attack and skipper Virat Kohli. One of the key members of this unit, Shami feels one a primary reason behind the blossoming of India’s pace unit is due to the confidence and faith show in it by captain Kohli. In an interview with Harsha Bhogle, Shami weighed on what it’s like to play under Kohli, highlighting the immense support and freedom he offers his fast bowlers.
“It is also indeed a phase which you can maybe attribute to the luck of this Indian team or hard work. But Virat has always been supportive of his fast bowlers while also giving us freedom on the ground. He only jumps in when our plans fail, otherwise we’re free as a bowling unit to do as we please. He has always been very supportive,” Shami told Cricbuzz.
Virat Kohli Has No Air About Himself: Mohammed Shami
Shami further shared some traits of his skipper Virat Kohli and spoke about how he gives freedom to his pacers to do whatever they like on the field.
“As far as our fast-bowling unit or I am concerned as an individual, he has never put any undue pressure on any of us. Usually, there’s a doubt in a bowler’s mind before he approaches his captain. That has never been the case with Virat. He has not air about himself. He jokes around with us, behaves as if he’s our childhood friend,” Shami added.