We have been able to learn a great deal from James Anderson: Mohammed Shami

We have been able to learn a great deal from James Anderson: Mohammed Shami

The Lancashire-born pacer currently is the leading wicket-taker of the five-match series.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

India made a jaw-dropping comeback at Trent Bridge in Nottingham after they tasted defeat at Edgbaston and Lord’s respectively. Apart from Virat Kohli and the other batsmen’s show, the bowlers also stood up. The likes of Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah picked up five-wicket hauls to help the visiting team register their maiden triumph against England in the five-match Test series.

In the meantime, Indian speedster Mohammed Shami sounded delighted by the way the pacers have performed thus far. However, he credited James Anderson for exemplifying the art of fast-bowling. The Lancashire-born pacer currently is the leading wicket-taker of the series (17) and is seven wickets shy of becoming the fast-bowler with the most number of Test wickets, surpassing Glenn McGrath.

We have been able to learn a great deal from Anderson

“As far as learning goes, when you see a senior player (Anderson) performing before you like that, you observe him as much as you can. I am always looking at how he doesn’t have as much pace as us but still takes wickets – what lengths does he bowl? You get to learn these things. He’s a different bowler in different conditions,” Shami told in a pre-match press conference prior to the fourth Test in Southampton.

“No matter where a player comes from, the first thing you have to see is what he works on in home conditions. We have been able to learn a great deal from Anderson. We saw him on the last tour here as well and he bowled really well. So far, what I’ve learned from Anderson is that more accurate you are, the better it is for you,” the 27-year-old seamer added.

Albeit Shami hasn’t been amongst the top wicket-takers in the series, but he has been able to ruffle the feathers of the English batters. The Uttar Pradesh-born bowler has notched eight wickets in three contests and would be keen to deliver at The Rose Bowl and Kennington Oval. Moreover, he has racked up a couple of three-wicket hauls in the first two matches.

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