England vs India: Mohammed Shami praises the sensational effort of the Indian bowlers on Day 1

England vs India: Mohammed Shami praises the sensational effort of the Indian bowlers on Day 1

They managed to pick 9 wickets on the first day.

Mohammad Shami of India
Mohammad Shami of India. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The opening day of the 1st Test match between England and India was surely an intriguing and thrilling roller-coaster ride full of emotions and the visitors ended the day right on top. The home team started things of pretty nicely as they lost only a single wicket in the first session of the play.

Then their skipper Joe Root and wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow were looking to play their shots and power England to a huge first innings total. However, the Indian bowlers bowled beautifully in the final session and kept picking wickets to shift the momentum in their favour.

The pitch is surely on the slower side

The stunning spell bowled by Mohammed Shami nipped out the wickets of Keaton Jennings and Dawid Malan which brought India back in the game slightly in the post-lunch session. After the end of the day’s play, Shami praised the efforts of the Indian bowlers who kept the English batsmen at bay, despite the hundred-run partnership between Root and Bairstow. He also mentioned his point of view on how the wicket was slightly on the slower side on the first day of the Test match at Edgbaston.

“The pitch is a little slow, there is hard work for sure, we had to maintain a good line and length all day. It was a little tough at the start because the pitch was slow and a little damp. By the evening though, it became better. As a bowling unit, we did well after they were 216/3,” he was quoted as saying by Times Now.

The fast bowler mentioned a couple of things about bowling on such kind of tracks and referred to it as a hard working day for the quick bowlers especially. Shami reckoned that he and his fellow bowlers just wanted to hit the right lengths and lines and they were surely rewarded for their discipline.

“When you bowl on such pitches, you get an idea of how it will behave and what you need to do. So there weren’t many changes in our approach during the day but we tried to hit the right lines and lengths and not to give any width,” he further added.

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