- Mohammed Shami credits the rise of India’s pace bowling unit
- He believes the journey began in 2013 and 2014
- Shami highlights the performance of Indian pace bowlers in the ODI World Cup 2023
- He expresses satisfaction with the team’s bowling prowess
- Shami hopes to set a benchmark for future bowlers
- He finishes as the leading wicket-taker in the ODI World Cup 2023
- Shami aims to prove his form and fitness in the upcoming IPL
- A call-up to the 2024 T20 World Cup is a possibility for Shami
Veteran Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has discussed the rise of India’s pace bowling unit across formats, which has given the squad confidence to prosper in ICC competitions as well as in abroad conditions. The 33-year-old was the standout performer for India in the recently concluded ODI World Cup 2023.
The Journey of India’s Pace Bowling Unit
Mohammed Shami, the right-arm bowler, has played a major part for the national team over the years, leading the seam bowling unit, especially in ODI Cricket and Test Cricket. In an interview with News18, Shami expressed his satisfaction with Indian bowling’s recent rise, citing the country’s reputation for legendary batters over the years. He believes India’s bowling prowess journey began in 2013 and 2014.
“The people who used to like the Indian cricket team for their batting have now started cheering for us. There is no greater happiness than this. People talk about the performance of the bowlers during the World Cup, but, if you have to look at the overall picture, you have to go back to 2013 and 2014. That is where the journey started,” Shami said.
Setting a Benchmark for Future Bowlers
Shami credits the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj for their contributions to India’s pace bowling unit. He believes that this team could set a benchmark on its own, with only three fast bowlers performing in the ODI World Cup 2023.
“If we look at the facts now, we only had three fast bowlers performing in the World Cup this time, which makes us believe that we have set the benchmark for future bowlers. The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah came in after, and then Mohammed Siraj. Like this, this team could set a benchmark on its own,” Shami said.
Impressive Performance in the ODI World Cup 2023
Mohammed Shami hasn’t played a competitive game since the World Cup final on November 19. Despite missing the first four games, the right-arm bowler had a breakout World Cup, finishing with the most wickets. He took 24 wickets in 7 games, including three 5-wicket hauls and a 7-fer against New Zealand in the semifinals.
Looking Ahead to the IPL and T20 World Cup
The bowler is expected to be fully fit for the Gujarat Titans (GT) in the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL), which could result in a call-up to Team India for the 2024 T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the United States if he manages to prove his form and fitness in the shorter format of the game.
Mohammed Shami’s rise as a key bowler for India has been instrumental in the team’s success in the ODI World Cup 2023. His satisfaction with the rise of India’s pace bowling unit reflects the team’s growing confidence in ICC competitions and overseas conditions. As Shami aims to set a benchmark for future bowlers, all eyes will be on his performance in the upcoming IPL and the possibility of a call-up for the 2024 T20 World Cup.