India v Australia, 4th ODI, Ranchi October 23, 2013

'Deceptive' Shami earns praise

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Mohammed Shami, the India fast bowler, has drawn praise from both captains, MS Dhoni and George Bailey, for his performance in his first game of the ODI series in Ranchi. Bowling consistently around the 140 kph mark, Shami ran through the Australia top order with a first spell of 6-1-21-3, accounting for Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes and Shane Watson.

"Shami is deceptive," Dhoni said after the game was washed out with Australia having posted 295 for 8. "He bowls quicker than you would think. What was important was he bowled full and the wickets he got, he was hitting the bails. That shows he was bowling the right length on this pitch. And at the death he was getting the yorkers in pretty consistently."

Bailey, who revived Australia after Shami's burst in the company of Glenn Maxwell, also said the fast bowler did a fine job. "He bowled very well," Bailey said. "He's someone we haven't seen in the series and he was a little bit quicker than what we expected. He certainly got a bit of movement off the seam. That's something to be pretty aware of for the rest of the series. That's obviously what's going to be coming at us."

Shami himself did not think there was too much help from the pitch, although he did generate some bounce and movement off the seam and in the air under overcast skies. "Nothing special in the pitch," Shami said. "We were bowling first and there will be something for the fast bowlers when the wicket is fresh. There was not much bounce or carry. It was a little better before the rain but once it rained, the pitch slowed down a lot.

"The plan was not to give any room to the batsmen and make them play at the ball. The pitch in the beginning was assisting fast bowlers and we bowled accordingly."

Shami also said he had been spending more hours in the gym to increase his pace, but added that speed was also an outcome of the conditions. "How fast we bowl mostly depends on the conditions available," he said. "If there is some assistance, you get inspired to bowl quicker. As we saw today, if there is some swing, some movement, you put in the extra effort."

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  • Unmesh_cric on October 23, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Mohammed Shami is a pretty good bowler. I remember he bowled well against Pakistan in an ODI last year. India were 2-0 down in that ODI series and in the 3rd ODI India were bundled out for below 160. Everybody thought Pakistan is going to win 3-0. But all the Indian bowlers, especially Shami, bowled very well in that match. Of course, Pakistan batting also imploded. But there was promise shown by Shami in that match. I was wondering why he wasn't given more chances. Hopefully with today's performance he has earned some much needed faith from the captain and selectors.

  • gyanesh.dan on October 28, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Looking at Shami's previous records which is good but he has given an impression different from the true one like dhoni said... and the first Indian, to bowl four or more maiden overs on his ODI debut... he proved that he is better than others... can seize the batsmen depending upon the situation... the recent ODIs that he has played in Aug vs Zimbabwe 1/27, 1/34 (Avg 12inns-13wkts-35.92runs) and now in Oct vs Australia 3/42 with the improvement in the line length, consistent yorkers and delivers most awaited much needed delivery makes him "Deceptive"!!!

  • on October 25, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Why he stood out among other Indian bowlers?? He had faster pace & superior decipline. simple others suffered on this pitch too. In PAKvs Ind ODI series scoreing 200 was next to impossible on same dead Indian pitches. Why avg scores continue to be low in Pak matches when they too play mostly on roads. Why in WC 2011 avg scores in all Non Indain matches were too low despite those being played on same so called dead Indian pitches..........similarly in ASIA cup scores in all non Indian matches were around 230 & in Indian Matches were 300+........ ANS is poor Ind bowling & exceptional Ind batting

  • on October 25, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Yadav, Aaron, Shami, Shukla, Mohit Sharma, BHUVI bowlers for the future.. Sandeep sharma TOO and tall pandey..

  • Shailendra_Malik on October 25, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    I agree to Shami, that the speed varies with each pitch. It's tempting to counter the statement by saying Shaun Tait, Bret Lee and Mitchel Johnson differ to this argument but we need to consider this on more anatomically here. Bowlers like Shami, Vinay, Bhuvanesh Kumar are lean built and their main guile is their ability to swing. Once a while you may get bowlers like Shami & agarkar who add a little bit of quick arm action and shoulder push in deliveries and generate 4-5 kms extra. Thats what make them special as per the speed gun counts. They are predominantly 130-135 Km/h bowlers and when that rhythm and conditions suit they reach 140-140+, that's where batsmen get beaten for pace and misjudge the bowlers. I am not taking away anything from Shami but what worked in his favor was excellent line and lengths he normally bowls and the conditions which gave him that extra kick. He may not be that effective in all the venues though. But, I would surely tread with caution against him.

  • SRAM20 on October 24, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    I dont like Shami's comment where he says "How fast we bowl mostly depends on the conditions available". Do you see a Mitchell Johnson or a Brett Lee or a Shoaib Akthar or a Shaun Tait, etc bowl in the 125-135 range consistently just because the pitch doesn't offer assistance? Their average speeds would still be 140+ irrespective of the pitch. Seeing the way Shami said those words, I have a feeling he will eventually cut down his pace and could fade away. I hope I am wrong. His perception of pace needs to change.

  • on October 24, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    bhuvan,irfan if in fit and in form,shami,pandey,mohit,dhawal kulkarni,rishi dhawan (as bowling all rounder) should be kept an eye on & groomed well

  • bbnn on October 24, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    I pick Bhuvi, Mohith,Shami the trio then reserves Rishi Dhawan he can add with the trio out side subcontinent because he can bat then Rahul Shukla and Sandeep Warrior , he is bowling over 140 regulerly

  • cricket_lover1 on October 24, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Yadav, Aaron, Shami, Shukla, Mohit Sharma, Unadkat + BHUVI bowlers for the future.. Sandeep sharma (from u19 winning team) can also be considered..

  • on October 24, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Hope Dhoni gives more chances to Mishra who has been in good form .It seems he is last preference of captain cool eventhough Ashwin continues to get thrashed . Bringing him in playing eleven will bring in healthy competition and will benefit India .But the way it looks he would have to sit out till Dhoni is leading. Giving confidence is good and backing underperforming bowlers is good but it should not bring in complacency in bowlers that they will hold on to their places irrespective of their performance . Everybody has talking Ishant had a bad day .Please tell when was the last time he had a good day .He is too experienced in terms of exposure to give this kind of insipid bowling display time again. India's bowling attack should haveBhuvi as he is a good swing bowler , Umesh for his pace and attacking option , Shami as he can bowl and lively pace, Varun Aaron if he is fit . India should try Mohit Sharma who had a good start in Zimbabwe .

  • Unmesh_cric on October 23, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Mohammed Shami is a pretty good bowler. I remember he bowled well against Pakistan in an ODI last year. India were 2-0 down in that ODI series and in the 3rd ODI India were bundled out for below 160. Everybody thought Pakistan is going to win 3-0. But all the Indian bowlers, especially Shami, bowled very well in that match. Of course, Pakistan batting also imploded. But there was promise shown by Shami in that match. I was wondering why he wasn't given more chances. Hopefully with today's performance he has earned some much needed faith from the captain and selectors.

  • gyanesh.dan on October 28, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Looking at Shami's previous records which is good but he has given an impression different from the true one like dhoni said... and the first Indian, to bowl four or more maiden overs on his ODI debut... he proved that he is better than others... can seize the batsmen depending upon the situation... the recent ODIs that he has played in Aug vs Zimbabwe 1/27, 1/34 (Avg 12inns-13wkts-35.92runs) and now in Oct vs Australia 3/42 with the improvement in the line length, consistent yorkers and delivers most awaited much needed delivery makes him "Deceptive"!!!

  • on October 25, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Why he stood out among other Indian bowlers?? He had faster pace & superior decipline. simple others suffered on this pitch too. In PAKvs Ind ODI series scoreing 200 was next to impossible on same dead Indian pitches. Why avg scores continue to be low in Pak matches when they too play mostly on roads. Why in WC 2011 avg scores in all Non Indain matches were too low despite those being played on same so called dead Indian pitches..........similarly in ASIA cup scores in all non Indian matches were around 230 & in Indian Matches were 300+........ ANS is poor Ind bowling & exceptional Ind batting

  • on October 25, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Yadav, Aaron, Shami, Shukla, Mohit Sharma, BHUVI bowlers for the future.. Sandeep sharma TOO and tall pandey..

  • Shailendra_Malik on October 25, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    I agree to Shami, that the speed varies with each pitch. It's tempting to counter the statement by saying Shaun Tait, Bret Lee and Mitchel Johnson differ to this argument but we need to consider this on more anatomically here. Bowlers like Shami, Vinay, Bhuvanesh Kumar are lean built and their main guile is their ability to swing. Once a while you may get bowlers like Shami & agarkar who add a little bit of quick arm action and shoulder push in deliveries and generate 4-5 kms extra. Thats what make them special as per the speed gun counts. They are predominantly 130-135 Km/h bowlers and when that rhythm and conditions suit they reach 140-140+, that's where batsmen get beaten for pace and misjudge the bowlers. I am not taking away anything from Shami but what worked in his favor was excellent line and lengths he normally bowls and the conditions which gave him that extra kick. He may not be that effective in all the venues though. But, I would surely tread with caution against him.

  • SRAM20 on October 24, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    I dont like Shami's comment where he says "How fast we bowl mostly depends on the conditions available". Do you see a Mitchell Johnson or a Brett Lee or a Shoaib Akthar or a Shaun Tait, etc bowl in the 125-135 range consistently just because the pitch doesn't offer assistance? Their average speeds would still be 140+ irrespective of the pitch. Seeing the way Shami said those words, I have a feeling he will eventually cut down his pace and could fade away. I hope I am wrong. His perception of pace needs to change.

  • on October 24, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    bhuvan,irfan if in fit and in form,shami,pandey,mohit,dhawal kulkarni,rishi dhawan (as bowling all rounder) should be kept an eye on & groomed well

  • bbnn on October 24, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    I pick Bhuvi, Mohith,Shami the trio then reserves Rishi Dhawan he can add with the trio out side subcontinent because he can bat then Rahul Shukla and Sandeep Warrior , he is bowling over 140 regulerly

  • cricket_lover1 on October 24, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Yadav, Aaron, Shami, Shukla, Mohit Sharma, Unadkat + BHUVI bowlers for the future.. Sandeep sharma (from u19 winning team) can also be considered..

  • on October 24, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Hope Dhoni gives more chances to Mishra who has been in good form .It seems he is last preference of captain cool eventhough Ashwin continues to get thrashed . Bringing him in playing eleven will bring in healthy competition and will benefit India .But the way it looks he would have to sit out till Dhoni is leading. Giving confidence is good and backing underperforming bowlers is good but it should not bring in complacency in bowlers that they will hold on to their places irrespective of their performance . Everybody has talking Ishant had a bad day .Please tell when was the last time he had a good day .He is too experienced in terms of exposure to give this kind of insipid bowling display time again. India's bowling attack should haveBhuvi as he is a good swing bowler , Umesh for his pace and attacking option , Shami as he can bowl and lively pace, Varun Aaron if he is fit . India should try Mohit Sharma who had a good start in Zimbabwe .

  • CricketMaan on October 24, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Got to wait, Aus might work him out in next ODI(s). Too early to comment. Dinda too started in same fashion although he never had control, was deceptive now he is out of favour. I see Bhuvi comin back next game although it means Vinay could keep his place as its mostly Jaydev that will loose. Unless Dhoni think Ishant is also ready to be back in place of Vinay.

  • sameercricket1610 on October 24, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Well done Shami no doubt but we dont know how much he will last, india produced many fast bowlers and swing bowlers and they performed 2 years or more after that their speed and swing willl disappear example Zaheer, Balaji, Irfan, Munaf, Ishant, praveen kumar,etc there is no body showing interest in bowlers fitness and techniques,why they are getting injured, why they are loosing speed and swing. BCCI should take care and groom fast bowlers, appoint consultants otherwise we will not find any consistent fast bowler in india. So my humble request with BCCI if they read this message, kindly take care of fast bowlers. Thanks!!!

  • on October 24, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Well done Shami ! Its not only the bowling figures but the manner of dismissals which was heartening. Hope you continue in same vein for India's sake and you continue to get opportunities now that Dhoni has called him deceptive . Dhoni needs to back him the way he has backed Jadeja and Ishant so far .While latter has grown in confidence and become a go to man and former does not seem going in right direction . Ishant needs to be dropped so that he can work on his fitness and rythym .What's important is we should forget him as he is talented . Indian bowlers are like a twinkle little star .They need guidance as pace bowling is not in Indian DNA like batting. We need bowlers who pose challenge to batsmen , have discipline to bowl right length and have ability to take wickets. Vinay kumar does not inspire confidence as he bowls good deliveries between wayward deliveries and tries short bowl every now and then . India should have picked Umesh as gives India and attacking option.

  • Nampally on October 24, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Deceptive or Not, Shami bowled brilliantly- pace 140 KPH, swing & movement + accuracy & control. He was miles ahead of Ishant!If only he had a bit more support from the Indian fielders, he would have paid back the Aussies with a bit of their own medicine- good pace bowling- at least 6 for---. Had Kohli taken the Bailey's catch off Shami, imagine where the Aussies would have been. A total of 295 might have been reduced to less than half with 98 from Bailey gone! Actually this should be a lesson for the Indian XI selectors (mainly Dhoni) to use their squad properly & fully- NOT the same XI. Dhoni has this bad habit of persisting with the XI he likes irrespective of the performance or form! Ishant & Vinay in pace + Ashwin in spin department leaked out over 7 runs/over. Why persist with the same guys while hiding more capable bowlers like Shami & Mishra. Kudos to Shami in exposing this long standing folly in playing unchanged XI for the series. Hope Dhoni's "tunnel vision" gets Altered!

  • on October 24, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Indian Bowlers who averages 140 are:

    1. umesh yadav 2. varun aaron 3. Shami yadav 4. Rahul Shukla (Rajsthan Royals) 5. Ishant Sharma (Occasionally)

    So selectors should have a eye on them and not let them disappear. make them train hard ,hire a coach and correct there technical faults if required.

    -Thanks

  • RajeshNaik on October 24, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    We need to support every bowler who plays for India. Let the team management decide the playing eleven. These days people wish for a particular player's failure, so that their favorite player comes in. In the 4th ODI the comments made by so called commentators were so biased and pathetic they need to look at themselves in the mirror. There are no club class bowlers. All are bowlers. If they perform well they are selected to play for India. There is no short cut. Bhuvaneshwar has played 5 years in domestic circuit before playing for India. Vinay has played for 7 years before playing for India and with his limited ability is still the bowler who gets breakthroughs for India. Ashok Dinda played for 4-5 years in domestic circuit before India cap and before playing for Bengal, he used to travel daily 10 hours up and down in train from his village to Kolkata to play for his club. Unadkat has 4 years hard work behind his second coming. Every bowler has a story and we need to respect that.

  • RajeshNaik on October 24, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    @Biso: I agree with every point you have made, except your comment on club class bowlers. Club class bowlers always remain at club level. They do not make it to International level. Let the captain and coach and selectors decide who is worth playing and who is not. Well, the club class bowler you mentioned (Vinay), keeps getting crucial wickets. Once or twice he may, but to get wickets every time requires skill. Speed is not the only thing, one needs brains with it. Vinay lacks speed and in this series bowled plenty of loose balls. But showed skill to pick up WICKETS. But the runs he gives away usually overshadows his wicket taking ability. Yet, in this series his performance was way below his ability and may be he is playing in his last series unless the team management has some plans and sees something which we club level cry babies do not.

  • Vilander on October 24, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    he hit 90 miles top, swung it well, was full in the initial burst and Yorker length at death, but for that slower bouncer which the tailender read he did nothing wrong. All his wickets were from deliveries swinging at over 140 clicks that bloody nice. Looking forward to seeing him bowl alongside Yadav,Aaron and Shukla in 2015. Just imagine if Aaron was around letting it rip would have been fun to watch alongside shami yesterday too bad..

  • Indiafast on October 24, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Michael Holding says swing pace and attitude define a fast bowler but the most important definition is control. Shami has it all and needs to be given opporutnities if not as many given to Ishant. Having said that Ishant must not be ignored but groomed again for his height bounce and pace. Bhuvi is going well and India should now develop Umesh and Ishant and exclude the club level bowlers kike Vinay Kumar, I dnt know why Roger Binny is so adamant on his inclusion. For the fifth one in the squad , i feel jaydev and mohit sharma can compete.

  • on October 24, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Its very difficult for bowlers to bowl on this new rules, Game is heavily loaded in favor of batsman.. its very harsh to blame the bowlers especially spinners...

  • Biso on October 24, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    @ RajeshNaik. Saurav has been vociferous about Shami for two reasons. First. He is truly a good bowler worth investing in instead of the club level bowlers like Vinay and Unadkat. Second. Shami plays for Bengal. Dinda is way ahead of Vinay Kumar in terms of pace and nip. Had he been given half as many chances an Vinay has been given Dinda would have done lot better. Having said that,one must agree that Dinda is a great trier but not an international class bowler. Maybe, he might have developed into a far better bowler if given enough chances. Neither Dinda, nor Vinay or Unadkat have Ishant's talent. If only Ishant had some cricketing grey matter between his eyes he would not have continued to disappoint his fans.

  • Naresh28 on October 24, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    @biso - Correction Rahul Shukla is the guy from Jharkhand. A good fast bowler who showed up in the IPL.

  • on October 24, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Atleast Shami has his basics right. His wrists are always behind the ball, can move the ball in both directions and is definitely a yard quicker than Ishant sharma. But still Dhoni insists on Ishant. It amazes me. A captain should back a player only when he is talented.The only good thing with Ishant was his pace initially but he has lost it completely now. There is no point backing him more. I am not sure how much frustrating it could be for young and more talented fast bowlers.

  • Alexk400 on October 24, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Atleast he mentioned , he need to strengthen his body and leg in order to bowl fast not eat vegetable and dal. That is good step in right direction. Also one thing , his best effore is 140...so what happen next ? I think his best effort should be 148kmph atleast..then he can averge around 140kmph. He can clearly take one spot if he strenthen his leg and body. His seam looks nice. He can be good in TEST with that seam.

  • sray23 on October 24, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    @saikarthikg, Praveen Kumar (like most Indian fast bowlers) is learning the hard way that hard & consistent training is absolutely important when bowling fast. After 2008, it seems our dear Praveen thought that now that he is a star he can afford to train half the time and party the other half and still magically remain fit enough to survive fast bowling. After recurring injuries in the last 2-3 years he is probably realising now that compromising training when one becomes a star is not the smartest thing to do :)

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on October 24, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @Jacobchikku : Don't ever compare DADA and MSD!!!! MSD is 10 times better than dada....don simply praise him...Yes he was the greatest captain But wen MSD took over, he did much much much better than DADA!!! Now MSD is greatest.....What did he achieve???? simply building a TEAM won't help...They have to win world cups to prove the world!!!! Wen DADA was der, VVS,DRAVId,LAXMAN,SRT and VIRU was in full swing...KUMBLE and BAJJI was TOP...nw MSD does not hav anyone to show,even then he wins trophies!!! MSD is GREATEST captain but seond s KAPIL and DADA

  • saikarthikg on October 24, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    A small question. Where is Praveen Kumar?

  • Biso on October 24, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Shami has the pace and swings the ball both ways. He appears to be a good test match bowler and will surely do wonders after stint at county cricket. Fans will have to accept days when he will go for runs in Indian conditions in ODI's. Umesh is another test bowler and is yet to develop the control for ODI's. In a way it was good that Bhuvi was dropped for Vinay. Vinay has already exposed his true class. Selectors need not look at him hereafter. He is pathetic and not even national class . Unadkat showed some control but it was disappointing to see him bowl slower than he charges in. How could the selectors even think about giving the guy a chance. He has to put on some muscle before he can be considered as any quick bowler. The Jharkhand bowler , Rahul Yadav if I remember right must be given a chance soon. He has the pace( mid 140's) and moves the ball too. Varun Araon is too fragile and it is unfortunate that his fitness is so suspect. Selectors,it's time for quick decisions..

  • Jacobchikku on October 24, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    @ sweetspot: Dont compare with the team Dada met in 2003 and the ones Dhoni played, not many people gave India a chance to even reach semis and India only lost to Aus in that tournament. It was the exuberance of youth from ZAK that gave the initiative to AUS, and later ZAK has regretted what he had done in the start.

    The team was developed by Dada and when he handed over the side Dhoni picked it up from there, Just think if someone with Dada's attitude in charge now and where we would have been with this side!!!

    Dhoni's team selection has always been under the scanner and he backs some players a bit more than they deserve and discards a few players whom we feel should have been persisted with. What happened to Agarkar, VVS Laxman, Robin Uttappa, Murali Kathik, Pankaj Singh, Gony etc!!!

  • RajeshNaik on October 24, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Shami bowled very well. He used his brains in using the conditions very well, unlike others. Why he did not go for yorkers earlier in his spell? He was bowling them very well in the end. He conceded 9 and 12 in his one over spells in bowling PP and death overs. Hope he does well as India needs some quality bowlers. All through the match Saurav Ganguly was too much vociferous in his praise of Shami, but then not too long ago Saurav was vociferous in his praise about Ashoke Dinda as well.

  • on October 24, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    @sweetspot: Any fast bowler can have a bad day, but to bowl consistently bad that to after 6 years of international cricket is pathetic.... and that was Ishant is doing match after match.

    Ashwin also should be given a break.

    Team for next match: Rohit, Shikhar, Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Shami, Unadkar

  • sweetspot on October 24, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Worthless Ishant Sharma? Whoa! Some people can draw conclusions incredibly quickly, indeed. What if Shami goes for a few in one game? He will become worthless too? It can happen to any bowler, and Dhoni knows this better than anyone else. It is these emotional Indian fans that need to grow up, and acknowledge that MSD is the right man for the right job and has more than credentials to show his worth. His eye is where it should be, and it is definitely not on Cricinfo commenters.

    @Al_Bundy1 - What did Dada do in the 2003 WC final? He had the team he wanted but he bucked under pressure when Srinath and Zaheer got some stick. There was no cool thinking. Everybody knows how MSD handled the 2011 final.

  • Al_Bundy1 on October 24, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    Thank you Faulkner!! You did what our selectors and our captain Cool couldn't do - get rid of pathetic Ishant. This is where Dada (Ganguly) was one step ahead of Dhoni. Dada would have already spotted Shami and given him a chance.

  • SamRoy on October 24, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    Even in Zimbabwe Shami was the best bowler; all the commentators thought so, I thought so too. He was easily the quickest and the most difficult to handle. He didn't take too many wickets but taking wickets isn't the biggest deal, it's how you bowl. Personally, I don't think he is ready yet as a ODI bowler. He will be an excellent test bowler though. It is time to give an extended goodbye to Ishant Sharma until he can regain his 2008 bowling prime. It is also important the other good bowlers Ishwar Pandey and Dhawal Kulkarni get a chance before SA series. The top 5 Indian fast bowlers are Umesh, Bhuvi, Ishwar, Shami and Dhawal. Rest are not good enough for test cricket but Mohit and Unadkat can do a good job in ODIs. Hope Indian selectors listen are listening. And please send Zaheer as a bowling mentor to these guys in SA. Selecting Zaheer as a part of the team is fraught with danger as he is 35 and can break down any time.

  • AvidCricFan on October 24, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    Lets not go ga ga on one match performance. Ishant also showed big promise initially. I liked benching of Ishant and Bhuvi. It did produce a difference. The spin attack was indifferent in this match. Shami and Unadkat bring variety with right hand and left hand combination that was dearly lacking. What I didn't like in Ishant is he doesn't come across as thinking bowler. He doesn't make good use of crease to create angles, use pace variation or bowl yorkers. Unless he can do it, he will continue to be ineffective.

  • Nampally on October 24, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    Both Shami & Unadkat have been playing in India A & performed creditably. It was strange to see these 2 guys being benched even after severe mauling of both Ishant & Vinay for quite a few ODI's. All the Fans were so strongly against Ishant that Dhoni finally had to make the change. The results even shocked Dhoni. If only the Indian fielders did not drop as many as half a dozen chances, the Aussies could have been bundled for under 150 & India tied in the series. The most expensive dropped catch by Kohli Off Shami when the batsman was in single digits got the OZ back from brink of disaster. However Dhoni did not go all the way & still retained Vinay at the expense of B.Kumar the best Indian New ball bowler. Imagine Shami, B.Kumar & Unadkat in the XI instead of on Bench! Anyway a great effort by Shami in rising to the occasion. He bowled magnificiently & consistently at 140 KPH. Even as we discuss Shami, Mishra is warming the bench instead of playing in the XI & taking OZ wkts. Why?

  • Naresh28 on October 23, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    A good find for India and could influence the rest of the series. Just the right tonic to push the other pacers to lift their game. Ishant needs to go back to domestic cricket and work on his game. He outplayed Unadkat for a spot. Bhuvi needs to sit out of games where the wicket has no life. Him and Pandey will push for spots. Umesh Yadav is another who needs to work on his game and the best for him might be a English County stint.

  • emceedrive on October 23, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    How is Unadkat in the team ahead of Bhuvneshwar? Young strapping lad who bounds in with a head full of steam and delivers a straight thunderbolt at....120K's? Gotta be kidding me. Even for an Indian pacer this kid is anemic in the pace department. Bhuvneshwar swings the new ball a fair bit and takes wickets. His death bowling certainly needs to improve, but he's only played 20 ODI's for pete's sake. Even with the inexperience, he's the best pace bowler in the squad by a mile. Ishant has been overrated for about 5 years: look at his numbers. Vinay Kumar can't take wickets, can't keep the run-rate down, can't bowl yorkers, can't bowl swing, can't bowl quick.. Unadkat is horrendous. Honestly, I thought he was going to be the Indian Darren Pattinson after that SA tour.

    With Sree gone; India have an aging Zaheer, injured Irfan, injured (and slow) Praveen, a slow Bhuvneshwar, no control Yadav, and unable to hit the highest level Pandey and Dinda. These are India's best seamers, sad as it is

  • bhushanB on October 23, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Keep it up Shami... If you could consistently clock 140+, I would suggest rotate Shami - Umesh, Bhuvi - Praveen - Vinay and search for a pace bowling allrounder for the third slot, with two genuine spinners and a batting allrounder that can spin.

    ok, ok, I know I am dreaming...

  • on October 23, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    Shami should buy Faulkner a few beers in the team hotel lobby for assisting him in getting into the team. The game is washed out and they have a few hours to relax so why not?

  • Unmesh_cric on October 23, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    @ Ahmed Naseef Chowdhury, well said...we need to thank Faulkner for giving Shami a chance to play!

  • ProdigyA on October 23, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    I hope Dhoni has learnt his lesson. It's ok to back ur players but only to a point, after that you start to look like a fool.

  • ProdigyA on October 23, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Good decision to drop Ishant and bring in Shami. But what on earth did Bhuvi do wrong. Dropping him over Vinay is just ridiculous. Bringing in Unatkad was also a good move but seriously disappointed by the way he bowled averageing in the 120's. That's really pathetic, thought he bowled well in Zim.

  • on October 23, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Thank God, Dhoni gave chances to other fast bowlers. Good decision by dropping Ishant Sharma and B Kumar.

  • on October 23, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    I always wondered why Shami wasn't given an extended opportunity like some other bowlers!! He got one finally and the rest is history!! I think he should also be a touch grateful to Faulkner for that!!

  • WC96QF on October 23, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    I hope the BCCI is reading this. Producing fast bowlers is not a mystical or spiritual exercise. You need pitches and conditions that provide some encouragement and 'inspiration' as mentioned by Mohammed Shami above. How difficult is it to focus on some grounds in India and develop them as a fast bowlers paradise ? Wud provide excellent practice to Indian batsmen and generate a stream of good pace bowlers. There's stl time to out this in place before WC15.

  • on October 23, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Just goes on to show that if you dont have talent, experience counts for nothing. Shami you and Bhuvi should be leading India's attack followed by Mohit who would mainly bowl during the death overs.

  • ROXSPORT on October 23, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    The top of the Aussie batting order in his first spell. And a dolly dropped by Virat Kohli. Could have been curtains there for Australia. And, to think Dhoni kept giving chances to that worthless Ishant Sharma. Nuff said.

  • ROXSPORT on October 23, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    The top of the Aussie batting order in his first spell. And a dolly dropped by Virat Kohli. Could have been curtains there for Australia. And, to think Dhoni kept giving chances to that worthless Ishant Sharma. Nuff said.

  • on October 23, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Just goes on to show that if you dont have talent, experience counts for nothing. Shami you and Bhuvi should be leading India's attack followed by Mohit who would mainly bowl during the death overs.

  • WC96QF on October 23, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    I hope the BCCI is reading this. Producing fast bowlers is not a mystical or spiritual exercise. You need pitches and conditions that provide some encouragement and 'inspiration' as mentioned by Mohammed Shami above. How difficult is it to focus on some grounds in India and develop them as a fast bowlers paradise ? Wud provide excellent practice to Indian batsmen and generate a stream of good pace bowlers. There's stl time to out this in place before WC15.

  • on October 23, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    I always wondered why Shami wasn't given an extended opportunity like some other bowlers!! He got one finally and the rest is history!! I think he should also be a touch grateful to Faulkner for that!!

  • on October 23, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Thank God, Dhoni gave chances to other fast bowlers. Good decision by dropping Ishant Sharma and B Kumar.

  • ProdigyA on October 23, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Good decision to drop Ishant and bring in Shami. But what on earth did Bhuvi do wrong. Dropping him over Vinay is just ridiculous. Bringing in Unatkad was also a good move but seriously disappointed by the way he bowled averageing in the 120's. That's really pathetic, thought he bowled well in Zim.

  • ProdigyA on October 23, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    I hope Dhoni has learnt his lesson. It's ok to back ur players but only to a point, after that you start to look like a fool.

  • Unmesh_cric on October 23, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    @ Ahmed Naseef Chowdhury, well said...we need to thank Faulkner for giving Shami a chance to play!

  • on October 23, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    Shami should buy Faulkner a few beers in the team hotel lobby for assisting him in getting into the team. The game is washed out and they have a few hours to relax so why not?

  • bhushanB on October 23, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Keep it up Shami... If you could consistently clock 140+, I would suggest rotate Shami - Umesh, Bhuvi - Praveen - Vinay and search for a pace bowling allrounder for the third slot, with two genuine spinners and a batting allrounder that can spin.

    ok, ok, I know I am dreaming...