IND vs ENG 1st Test: After an average performance in the WTC Final, Indian pacers faced a lot of criticism. But on Wednesday, Indian pacers — Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur — did well to bowl out England for just 183 runs in the 1st innings of the 1st Test at Trent Bridge. While the bowlers have got the first part right, Shami said it’s now on the batsmen like Virat Kohli to focus and remain vigilant on Day 2 to build up on what they have achieved.
At Day 1 stumps, both Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten on 9 each, posting 21/0. But Mohammed Shami said the 1st hour of Day 1 will be very important and the batsmen should focus on that and not lose wickets.
IND vs ENG 1st Test: “Obviously, we are in a good position and we should now build on it. Bundling out a team for 183, it is a gettable target. We have to focus on the first hour tomorrow, we need to focus and it does not matter that 183 runs are in front of us, we just need to focus,” said Shami,” Mohammed Shami at a virtual press conference at the end of Day 2.
“We need to see out the first hour tomorrow, it is important to not lose wickets and stay in control. The main focus would be to reach 183 first. I always try to believe in my skills, I make plans according to the conditions,” Shami added.
IND vs ENG 1st Test: Earlier, as India fielded four seamers and just one spinner in Ravindra Jadeja, Indian pacers repaid skipper Virat Kohli’s faith. After England captain Joe Root opted to bat first winning the toss, Jasprit Bumrah removed Rory Burns for a duck in the very first over. Following a brief stay Zack Crawley too departed off a Mohammed Siraj delivery. Dom Sibley followed suit soon with England reduced to 66/3.
But as Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow put up a 50-run stand for the 4th wicket, it seemed they would take the game away from India. However, Mohammed Shami broke the stand taking out Bairstow and Dan Lawrence in one over to trigger a collapse. Although Joe Root tried his best with a 64-run knock, Shardul Thakur sent him back, reducing rattling England further.
IND vs ENG 1st Test: In the end, England could only add 45 runs after Bairstow’s wicket with Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami returning with 4/46 and 3/28 respectively. Shardul Thakur bagged 2/41.
The three wickets Mohammed Shami got were also a redemption of sort who has struggled to get wickets in England despite bowling well. In fact in 10 Test matches, he has scalped only 28 wickets at an average of 40.10 while his career average stands at 27.27. Someone like Ishant Sharma has 46 wickets in 13 matches and Jasprit Bumrah has 18 in just five matches.
IND vs ENG 1st Test: “I don’t know why I didn’t get wickets in England. There have been no special preparations for it. I kept bowling to the line and maintained the length and got wickets,” Mohammed Shami said.
“I wasn’t surprised (with how quickly the ball started to reverse). You maintain the ball, you keep on shining the ball and you keep on working on the ball. As a bowler, there is nothing surprising but as a bowler, if you want the ball to reverse, then you have to keep on working on the ball,” he added.