India vs New Zealand: An enjoyable dressing room makes a lot of difference, says Shami

first_imgMohammed Shami is on fire with the ball for India in both the formats – Tests and one-day internationals. After a superb performance in red-ball cricket over the last year, Shami has made a successful return to one-day cricket, making an immediate made an impact.Shami replaced Jasprit Bumrah in the one-day side after the latter was rested for the limited-overs series in Australia and New Zealand.Since his return to the ODI side, Shami has taken 12 wickets in 6 ODIs this year – three each against Australia and New Zealand.He has bagged two man-of-the-match awards in the ongoing series already thanks to his three-wicket hauls in the first and third ODIs against the Blackcaps.The Bengal pacer credited the dressing room atmosphere for his success in red-ball and white-ball cricket over the past year after India’s 7-wicket win over New Zealand in the third ODI on Monday.”How much we enjoy and focus on our fitness, all that is very important. The dressing room atmosphere is very healthy and the way we practice on the field all that is visible in the match as well.”An enjoyable dressing room makes a lot of difference. All this is helping me a lot and I hope to continue this,” Shami told Yuzvendra Chahal on the latter’s show Chahal TV.Talking about his role in the side, Shami says he and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have a specific job to bowl tight and keep the runs under check in their first spells so that the batsmen make mistakes under pressure and the wrist spinners can cash in with wickets in the middle overs.”I just play according to the role given to me by the team management. I try to keep it as tight as possible and given as little runs inside the circle initially. Bhuvi has that role as well from the other end.”Then both of you spinners come on to bowl and we only get to take the final few wickets in the end because of that.”Our role is to keep the runs under check and bowl tight lines in the first spell so that you guys can take as many wickets as you want in the middle overs,” Shami added.Even Bhuvneshwar Kumar reiterated the same point about keeping things simple with the ball and build pressure on the batsmen by bowling as many dot balls as possible.”Did not feel any pressure. I know Shami is in good form with the Test form and he is always good in overseas conditions. Bowling with Shami has been a good experience,” Bhuvneshwar told the broadcaster on their post-match show.The Indian bowlers have managed to bowl out New Zealand for the third straight time, a feat that was last achieved by a visiting Australian back in 2010.”When it comes to swing, yes I am a swing bowler. But if the conditions are not swing-friendly, I try to bowl as straight as possible to make the batsman make a mistake and give me the wicket,” Bhuvneshwar said.Bhuvneshwar also talked out his partnership with Shami, with the duo snaring 11 wickets between them so far in the series.”It is about partnership, if you bowl dot balls, the other bowler can get the wicket as well. So if the ball is not swinging, my motive is to bowl dot deliveries,” Bhuvneshwar said.Also Read | Away we go: Virat Kohli holidays with Anushka Sharma after New Zealand ODI series winAlso Read | This is the India team I always fantasised about as a player: Sanjay ManjrekarAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Thank you, Hardik Pandya tweets after strong comebacklast_img read more

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