Mohammed Shami is one of the most lethal fast bowlers, that the IPL and Indian cricket has seen. Over the years he has bowled the right line and length to disturb the batsman and trouble him throughout his spell.
On Saturday, during the day game between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Titans. RCB captain Faf Du Plessis chose to bat first. There was a long delay before the second ball of the first over was bowled. Mohammed Shami who is the opening bowler for the Gujarat Titans took time to measure his bowling run-up.
Bowlers need to get their line and length right at all times. For that, they need a perfect run-up to ensure that they have a clear mindset about where they want to bowl from. Mohammed Shami stopped twice during his run-up.
He was not able to run with full rhythm and that was when he decided to ask for measuring tape and again mark his run-up. The umpire wasn’t utterly pleased with this delay at the start but Shami explained to him the reason and the game finally started after a small halt at the start.
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Gujarat Titans beat RCB by 6 wickets
The match was a good one as we saw Virat Kohli getting his first fifty in 15 IPL innings. Mohammed Shami got the wicket of Virat Kohli at the end but till then Kohli had set the platform for his team. Royal Challengers Bangalore scored an above-par total of 170 after 20 overs.
Gujarat started off well with Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill but the innings fell apart due to quick wickets by the Bangalore bowlers. The onus once again was on Miller and Co to take the team home. Gujarat ended up winning the game due to contributions from David Miller and Rahul Tewatia. Gujarat now have eight wins from nine games and are almost certain to be the first team to qualify for the IPL playoffs this season.