We know what a fresh Mohammed Shami can do after some biryani: Rohit Sharma

first_imgMatch Ended India beat South Africa by 203 runs 191 advertisement Freedom Trophy, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 9:30 (Local Time) India IND 502/7 d Freedom Trophy, 2019 vs Series Status: India lead the 3 Test series 1-0 Player Of The Match: Rohit Sharma 323/4 d South Africa SA (67.0) (63.5) – (136.0) & (136.0) 502/7 d 431 323/4 d (67.0) No data available! (63.5) Referee: Sir Richie Richardson (WI) Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ), Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Nigel Llong (ENG) 191 commentary Toss: IND elected to bat India We know what a fresh Mohammed Shami can do after some biryani: Rohit SharmaIndia vs South Africa, 1st Test: Man of the match Rohit Sharma was all praise for fellow teammate Mohammed Shami, who picked up his fifth 5-wicket haul in Tests on Sunday to help India storm to victory in Visakhapatnam (131.2) & South Africa Super Over Freedom Trophy, 2019, 1st Test India Today Web Desk VisakhapatnamOctober 6, 2019UPDATED: October 6, 2019 18:50 IST Shami finished with figures of 5/35 to wrap up India’s 203-run victory (AP)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami triggered the South African collapse with 3 wickets in the morning session on Day 5Rohit Sharma believes that Shami has now mastered the art of bowling with the old ballRohit also said that the team wanted to keep their fast bowlers fresh so that they could make maximum impactRohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami made their Test debuts in the same match vs West Indies in Kolkata on November 6, 2013. Since then, while Shami has grown into an inseparable cog in India’s fast bowling attack, Rohit until recently was not able to prove his Test credentials in spite of being considered a modern white-ball great. But the Mumbai batsman gave enough glimpse of his potential during his first 2 innings as a Test opener by scoring 176 and 127 to set up India’s mammoth 203-run victory over South Africa in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.While the post-match talk was mostly centered around Rohit due to his obvious achievements, the new opener didn’t forget his old mate Shami and what makes him crucial to India’s recent success in Tests. Rohit also admitted to having a plan of using the Indian fast bowlers (Shami and Ishant Sharma) in short bursts as the team wasn’t sure if the pitch would continue to assist the spinners throughout the last day.”It was pretty humid and hot out there and I thought more than the spinners, the fast bowlers actually looked very dangerous on that particular pitch. So we wanted Shami and Ishant to be fresh in case there might not be any help for the spinners as the game progressed which we saw happening later. So we wanted our fast bowlers to be fresh and we decided we will try and make them bowl in short spells of 2 or 3 overs. And we all know when Shami is fresh what he can do along with some biryani,” said Rohit.advertisementFurther heaping praise on Shami, Rohit credited him for having ‘mastered bowling with the old ball’ while adding that the bowler makes it look easy when it’s not so.”Shami, we have seen him in these conditions not just today but previously as well. I still remember our debut together in Kolkata where the pitch was lower and slower on days 4-5 and he knows how to bowl on those pitches. He gets reverse-swing straight into play once he knows there is some help that is on offer. It’s not easy to bowl when you know it’s reversing. You need to pitch it in the right areas, you need to make sure that the ball is just around off-stump otherwise sometimes you can leak a lot of runs as well. So I guess he has mastered that pretty well by now, bowling with the old ball and trying the ball to reverse. These kinds of conditions are pretty ideal for him, getting batsmen to play all 6 balls which is slightly tough for batsmen on such pitches,” added Rohit.Rohit became the first batsman in history to score two hundreds while opening the innings for the first time in Test cricket.Earlier, chasing 395 for victory, the Proteas were bowled out for 191 in their second innings in the second session on Day 5 with Mohammed Shami grabbing 5 wickets while Ravindra Jadeja finished with 4.India consolidated their top spot in the ICC World Test Championship table with 160 points after this win. The two teams will now travel to Pune for the second Test which starts from October 10.Also Read | 1st Test: Mohammed Shami, India’s trump card in 2nd-innings, shines in VizagAlso Read | My game is all about a mix of caution and aggression: Rohit Sharma after Vizag Test heroicsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Mohammed Shami 431 Scorecard (131.2) view more view less Match Ended graphs Nextlast_img read more