India v West Indies, 1st Test, Kolkata, 3rd day

Dhoni lauds 'fantastic' Shami

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November 8, 2013

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Rohit Sharma sweeps during his 177, India v West Indies, 1st Test, Kolkata, 3rd day, November 8, 2013
MS Dhoni: "Rohit is very talented, but now that it is reflecting on the field, he's really enjoying his cricket" © BCCI

The lead-up to the first Test against West Indies at Eden Gardens had been almost entirely about the impending retirement of the most experienced man in world cricket, but it was India's newest Test players that proved to have the biggest impact. MS Dhoni has lavished praise on debutants, Mohammed Shami and Rohit Sharma, after they played starring roles in India's innings victory that stretched their Test winning streak to an unprecedented five matches.

Shami's performance, in particular, caused plenty of excitement as he consistently bowled around 140kph and got the ball to reverse prodigiously to end up with nine wickets in the match, the fourth-best figures for an Indian quick bowler at home.

"I think it was a disciplined bowling performance," MS Dhoni said after the match. "Shami was fantastic. Most of the fast bowlers got reverse swing, but his line and length was key. He got the right length and that's why I think he got nine wickets in this game."

Dhoni elaborated further on the conditions in what he thought Shami would thrive. "You need a bit of pace to dominate. You can get a bit of reverse swing, and he's got very good seam positioning which means he can reverse the ball away from the right-handed batsmen. So on wickets that have a bit more bounce, I think he will be even more effective with the ball going both ways. We're all very happy with the performance."

While Shami's entry to Tests was something of a surprise, Rohit's debut was considered long overdue. He made the wait count with a gutsy 177 after coming in with India's batting is disarray. "Well, you have to believe in destiny," Dhoni said. "I remember in Nagpur, there was a game he was supposed to play, but during the warm-up he injured his ankle and missed that Test. So I think it's good to see him bat the way he has batted. He is very talented, but now that it is reflecting on the field, he's really enjoying his cricket. Hopefully he'll go ahead and take more responsibility."

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Posted by   on (November 11, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

Hopefully the Indian phsyios can keep him fit. I can't believe how many fast bowlers India have walked in and out of the Indian team over the years. Irfan Pathan.Ashish Nehra, Balaji, Munaf Patel, RP Singh, Aashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Sreeshanth and now the two Kumars and Shami. Only Zaheer Khan has been a regular member of both Test and ODI team. So, hopefully the bowling coach will realize the recent trends in Indian pace bowling department and take required measures to keep him fit.

Posted by gauravm5 on (November 10, 2013, 23:32 GMT)

so we Indian fans have again started doing the same, making a player superstar on the basis of one good performance (5 of his 9 wickets were that of tailenders) & that too against players of world's number 8 test team. Anderson, Steyn, Pattison, Ryan Harris & Ajmal does the same which Shami did in kolkatta in every alternate test match they play. Most of Shami dismissals were clean bowled & came against world number 8 test team batsmen. Do u people think batsmen like Smith, Amla, Kallis & ABD would allow the ball to pass between their leg & bat so easily. B4 start of tests, SA wud watch Shami videos & I assure u that it wud b very difficult for Shami even to create any trouble for them. Just wait & watch Shami's, he has to improve himself continuously if he want to last for 6-7 years. In last 10 years, India has seen lot of shamis coming in with a bang & going out as a fused bomb, RP, Ishant, Munaf, Sree, Irfan, Umesh, PK, Dinda, VK, Mithun, Balaji, Ashwin, Ojha & Nehra..

Posted by   on (November 10, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

Top stuff from Shami-whether he will be a world beater or not remains to be seen.He seems to have all the tools to do well-good pace,swings both the new and old cherry,etc.However it's his temperament which is so impressive...very unflustered and calm..perfect.Of course all Indian fans will be hoping that its not another case of the "great Indian fast bowling hope" and hopefully Shami is handled well and not overbowled in the future.He's a gem and they should manage his career carefully,keep him away from ODI's (apart from the World Cup).Suddenly Shami,Ashwin,Kohli and Rohit point the way forward to a world class Indian team capable of building for the no.1 spot for tests.

Posted by Night.angel on (November 10, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

@varun prabha thoniplackal , and who is James anderson? a guy with the average of 30 is not much to be reckoned with. Ofcourse he takes wickets in green tops. I would rate simon jones better than him.

Moreover, don't hype about shami much after a single test against a deplorable WI batting line up. Let him play some more matches.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

He is the James Anderson of India...

Posted by shabbir on (November 10, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

@Vnott Not Kartik he was tried and tested a lot, Badri deserves a chance at international level. In younger lot Sanju Samson is bright prospect at young age. For Opening slot Ajinkay is there to fill in if needed

Posted by ChuckyDoll on (November 10, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

Happy to see Rohit have a good debut. Worried about the consistency in the long run.

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