Indian senior coach Mohammad Shami said the performance of the team’s “net” bowlers in the historic triumph in Australia has shown that the transition will be smooth as the current attack enters the sunset. The rhythm quartet of Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav, arguably the best ever in India, were instrumental in the team’s success abroad. However, none of them were available when India broke through Gabba Fortress to win their second consecutive round of Down Under tests.
Someone like Mohammed Siraj emerged as the attacking leader in his first streak and injuries meant that net players like Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan and Washington Sundar had unexpected opportunities which they both grabbed. hands.
“The young people will be ready to replace us when our time (to retire) comes. The more they play, the better they will be. I think the transition will be very smooth each time we finish the game,” Shami, who has been excluded from the series after Adelaide’s test due to a wrist injury, PTI said.
“The team won’t suffer even if a big name retires. The bench is set. Experience is still required and the youngsters will have that in due course.”
“The tendency to transport net bowlers into the bubble environment has massively helped them and gave them valuable exposure,” he added.
With the exception of Kartik Tyagi, all of the bowlers who were part of the giant Indian team in Australia were able to play under extraordinary circumstances with Shami, Bumrah and Umesh getting injured during the series and Ishant not being there.
Asked what impressed him the most about Siraj and Thakur, Shami replied: Anyone who comes in has an open mind, speaks candidly, and is extremely confident. They are ready to play with the new ball or the old ball. The way they performed in Australia shows their character.
“Beating Australia in Australia once is a huge achievement, we were able to do it twice, that too without senior bowlers. It showed we can count on the youngsters.”
Shami said that the success of the current group comes down to the joy they share in each other’s success.
Giving his own example, Shami said he was massively helped by Ishant in his early days and it taught him to share his wisdom with the young people who came to the side.
The very talented Shami also shed light on his relationship with Ishant, who made his 100th Test in the home series against England.
“What am I saying about him. He’s the best guy around. It doesn’t give you the feeling that he played double what you played. When I walked in he already had played about 50 games.
“From day one he has never behaved like a senior. He likes to mingle and laugh. His behavior has taught me to treat a youngster.”
“When a youngster joins it is imperative that an established player talks to them about everything under the sun, it gives them confidence. If you have someone like Ishant around I don’t think you can feel depressed for a long time. “
Speaking more about the bond they share, Shami added, “It’s a game of trust and how you can execute plans. We have different skills, Ishant, Jassi and I and we keep remembering each other’s skills and let us persist with them. “
“We are pushed by each other when we are tired. This fast bowling group is just wonderful. The last four to five years with them have been really special. We have enjoyed each other’s success and that is something. thing you should learn from the Indian team. There are no arguments behind the back. “
While Shami broke his wrists batting in Australia, he hasn’t had any major fitness issues since changing his diet after 2014.
With the IPL and a busy international season, Shami is focusing on getting in shape as a cricketer.
“The skill stays with you so I’m just trying to improve my fitness. The training schedule changed massively after 2014 and the way I changed my eating habits (no more biryani) is also a big achievement.” , added Shami.
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