Lean, mean pace machine: Virat Kohli poses with Mohammed Shami ahead of Nagpur ODI

first_imgIndia cricket team captain, Virat Kohli has posted a photograph of himself with fast bowler Mohammed Shami, whom he has described as “lean, mean pace machine” while posing with him at the Hyderabad airport on Sunday.Captain Kohli and his teammates left for Nagpur earlier in the day for the second ODI on Tuesday, March 5. India began the five-match ODi series against Australia with a six-wicket win in the first match in Hyderabad on Saturday.India’s win was set up by their bowling attack and the middle-order duo of MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav. While Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav shone with the ball, picking up two wickets each, Dhoni and Jadhav stitched an unbeaten 141-run stand for the fifth wicket to help India gun down a 237-run target with 10 balls to spare.Notably, Kohli had heaped praise on Shami after the pacer picked up the crucial wickets of well-set batsmen, Glenn Maxwell (40) and debutant Ashton Turner (21) in a span of two overs in the 1st ODI. Shami troubled the Australian batsmen with the new ball and came back to masterfully execute his old-ball skills on Saturday.Nagpur next. With the lean mean pace machine @MdShami11 pic.twitter.com/LoQP1OtKYdVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 3, 2019Lauding Shami’s fitness and the hunger to excel across formats, Kohli said: “The way Shami has come back into the white-ball set-up after his Test performances, have never seen him so lean before. He has lost 5-6 kg. He’s running in and bowling so well.advertisement”The lines and length he’s bowling; got Maxi on 40-odd out with a beautiful ball. He has the wicket-taking ability and he’s hungry for wickets. Heading into the WC, it’s a great sign for team India. If he can stay hungry like this and look for wickets and he has the ability to back it up with Bumrah and Kuldeep, it’s gonna be great to stand in the field and watch.”After impressing with the red ball in India’s overseas tours during the 2018-19 season, Shami made a splendid comeback to limited-overs cricket in the lead up to the World Cup. Shami had picked up five wickets in India’s 2-1 ODI series win in Australia earlier this year and topped the bowling charts for India in their ODI series victory in New Zealand with nine wickets in four matches.The Bengal fast bowler has seemingly sealed a spot in India squad for the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales. Given his recent performances with both the new and the old ball, it may not be surprising if he is chosen as the second pacer ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the quadrennial showpiece event.Bhuvneshwar, who has been rested for the first three ODIs of the ongoing series vs Australia, will return to the final two ODIs.Also Read | Chris Gayle on world record in England ODIs: Fantastic to hit 39 sixes aged 39Also Read | Play and thrash Pakistan in World Cup, says Haryana sports ministerAlso Read | I don’t fear anything when MS Dhoni is around: Kedar JadhavAlso See:last_img

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