'Humne unko ghar pe jake bhi haraya' - Mohammed Shami reflects on India's recent dominant record against Australia
India won the first ODI against Australia by five wickets.
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As India and Australia are currently engaged in a three-match ODI series, the first of which has already been clinched by the hosts, thanks to a fabulous display by the bowlers and a resilient batting performance in the middle order. After Mitchell Marsh played a marvellous knock of 81 runs, the visitors were bundled out for 188 runs.
Mohammed Shami played an integral role in providing India with crucial breakthroughs, he bowled six overs in which he took three wickets and conceded only 17 runs. His performance was crucial in stopping Australia at a sub-par total as the hosts scaled it down with five wickets in hand.
Following the match, Shami was asked about how ODI cricket has changed over the years and if it has become more difficult in the modern era.
"There are a lot of add-ons in white-ball cricket. You get a free hit for a no-ball, and then you can't get out either. Toh bowlers ke against mein kafi cheezein hai (There are many things against the bowlers). It changes according to the format. But as far as our team is concerned, it doesn't matter whether we are playing at home or abroad," Shami told the reporters as reported by Hindustan Times.
I don't think there is any question mark on the Indian team. Hum kisi bhi condition mein honge, hum sabse age hai. Hum ne kar ke bhi dikhaya hai. Humne unko ghar pe jake bhi haraya hai toh apne ghar mein toh sochne ka sawal hi nahi hai (We are ahead of every team irrespective of the conditions. We have shown it in the past too. We have beaten them in their backyard so there is no question of worrying when we are playing at home)," he added.
Ravindra Jadeja named Player of the Match in first ODI
After the Aussies put 188 runs on the board, things looked within India’s reach. But that was before Mitchell Starc came in to bowl. The ace Australian pacer was excellent with the ball as he dismantled the Indian top order, taking three wickets and conceding 49 runs.
It were the knocks of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul that drove India home as the hosts clinched victory in the first ODI of the series. After taking two wickets in the first innings, Jadeja went on to score an unbeaten 45 off 69 deliveries, which was the deciding factor in India’s win.