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Mohammed Shami will do well in the World Cup: Ashish Nehra

Shami has been brilliant for India in the last few months.

Mohammed Shami
India’s Mohammed Shami. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

The Indian fast bowling attack has seen taking some huge strides to being known as one of the best bowling attacks presently. Having observed them in the recent Test series, former Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra made a statement that pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are a certainty for the World Cup along with Mohammed Shami as the third fast bowler.

The retired left-arm seamer believes that like all other fast bowlers Shami is also essentially a rhythm bowler. Nehra stated that Shami is a bowler who can extract something from the decks which doesn’t have much for the fast bowlers. The 28-year old was magnificent during India’s three overseas tour, including that of South Africa, England, and Australia where he picked up 15, 16, and 16 wickets respectively.

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The 39-year old believes that being an experienced campaigner over Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammed Siraj, Shami should assume the role of the third fast bowler. Nehra was also particularly impressed with the right-arm speedster’s fitness in the tour of England where Bumrah had looked exhausted but Shami had been rampaging along to trouble the batsmen.

In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, the left-arm seamer also showered praises on Bumrah saying that Bumrah generating pace has got nothing to do with short run-ups. He also gave examples of how Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar used to generate fierce pace due to their short run-ups. Nehra conceded that it is due to his improved fitness that the lanky right arm bowler is able to generate a lot of speed.

Shami’s impressive World Cup in 2015

The Bengal fast bowler had been spectacular throughout the World Cup in 2015, taking 17 wickets in seven games. India had tasted immense success in the tournament, courtesy of their fast bowlers, who managed to bowl out all their opposition till their semi-final encounter against the eventual champions Australia.

Shami also later revealed that he endured and bowled with pain and injury on his left knee all throughout the competition. Reportedly, the discomfort started in his knee as early as India started their tour of Australia in late 2014-15.

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