Shami’s Training Techniques Yielding Results
Fast bowler Shami has revealed the training methods that have helped him become increasingly effective in recent years. His performance in the World Cup has been a testament to his hard work and dedication.
Shami Steps Up in Pandya’s Absence
Following an injury to Hardik Pandya, India altered their team composition for the crucial match against New Zealand. Suryakumar Yadav replaced Pandya, while Shami was chosen over Shardul Thakur and Ravichandran Ashwin. This decision to include a third primary seamer paid off handsomely, with Shami playing a key role in limiting New Zealand to 273 in their first innings.
Shami’s Crucial Contribution
Captain Rohit Sharma praised Shami’s performance, stating, “Shami seized the opportunity with both hands. His experience and class were evident, and he used the conditions to his advantage.”
Shami’s Humility Despite Success
Shami dismissed three of New Zealand’s top four batsmen, including the highest scorers. However, the 33-year-old refused to single out any particular wicket, stating, “Every wicket is important when you play for the country. I don’t favor any particular wicket.”
Shami’s Consistent Improvement
Shami’s performance has been improving steadily over the years, making him a strong contender for the first-XI in all formats for India. His extra training at home in nets that he built in 2020 has been a significant factor in his improvement.
Home Training Facilities
Shami shared, “I prepared these facilities for myself and my younger brother who plays for Bengal. I built them before the lockdown, anticipating the restrictions. I believe it has been beneficial as it allows for extra practice.”
Shami’s Positive Outlook on Team Selection
Despite being benched in India’s first four matches, Shami maintains a positive attitude, stating, “If you enjoy the success of others, you will achieve better results. I don’t feel guilty sitting outside. I am part of the team and the World Cup. Everyone should enjoy each other’s success.”
Shami’s Philosophy on Rotation
Shami further added, “I always think, if I am not here today, I will be here tomorrow. If not tomorrow, then the day after. Opportunities come in rotation. When your time comes, you contribute to the team. Be happy for the one who is performing now. That’s it.”