‘Shami rang me up after World Cup 2019’ – Shoaib Akhtar reveals the message he gave to the Indian pacer
Mohammed Shami recently took a five-wicket haul against South Africa in first Test.
Updated - Oct 8, 2019 11:32 am
Mohammed Shami, the Indian fast bowler is getting praised from every corner for his brilliant performance against South Africa in the second innings of the match against South Africa. He is someone who has taken over the responsibility of swinging the ball after Zaheer Khan’s retirement. Shami did his debut back in 2013, but due to his injuries he remained in and out from Team India but in the last couple of years, he has transformed into India’s lead pacer in the longest format of the game.
In the first Test during the first innings against South Africa, he went wicketless, but it looked like the match for the pacer started from the second innings where he didn’t allow the Proteas batsmen to survive on the pitch for very long and took his 5th fifer in Test cricket for his side.
Many former cricketers came down on social media platforms to congratulate Indian paceman and now former Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar also known as Rawalpindi Express has come down with some revelations about his telephonic conversation that took place after India’s exit from World Cup semi-final when Indian pacer phoned him.
Former Pakistan player reveals his telephonic conversation with Shami
In a video, Akhtar expressed about how Shami was feeling after India’s exit from the mega event but he advised him to keep calm and stay fit, “After India’s (50-over) World Cup disappointment, Shami called me up one day. I told him not to lose heart but maintain fitness. The home series is coming and you will do well I said,” former Pakistan said.
He also said that Shami should become a great pacer and has a reverse swing in his bowling which is one of his variations that very few subcontinent players have, “I told Shami that I want him to become a tearaway pacer, running through batting line-ups. He has seam and swing, besides that he has a reverse swing which very few bowlers in the subcontinent have. I told him you can become king of reverse swing. Now, you see what he has done, he has got wickets from a docile pitch. I am very happy for him,” he added.
44-year-old former Pakistan cricketer was one of the finest and quickest bowlers that World cricket has ever witnessed. He featured in 46 Tests, 163 ODIs, and 15 T20Is and took more than 400 international wickets for Pakistan and also Shoaib was the first bowler to touch the smark of 100mph with his bowling.