India pacer Mohammed Shami, who wreaked havoc with his fiery spell on day one of the first Test against England here, said it doesn’t matter to him where he is playing as he backs his skills irrespective of the conditions.
Shami on playing the first Test
Virat Kohli led India dismissed England for 183 on day one of the match with Jasprit Bumrah claiming four, and Shami scalping three wickets.
“Obviously because 183 as per me we should make a good score and take the lead. We are in a good position because any team you bowl out for 183 at its home is a good performance,” Shami said at the post-day press conference when asked whether the visitors had an upper hand.
“Now the thing is that we need to focus on the first hour and according to me the ball has not done much, the way we bowled in the day, we bowled in the right length and accordingly you have got wickets.
“I think, we need to focus, and (it) doesn’t matter whether it is 183 or 283, you need to focus a bit and need to add runs, the right-arm speedster added.
“I don’t know why I wasn’t getting [wickets] in England [laughs]. But it doesn’t matter if it’s England, Australia or wherever, I believe in my skill and back myself,” Shami said at the end of the day’s play.
“Even when I’m bowling in the nets, I try to assess the conditions and make plans accordingly and try to execute them while playing the match,” he added.
England skipper Joe Root’s decision to bat first backfired badly as India pacers led by Bumrah [4/46] put up an impressive show. According to Shami, Test cricket is all about patience and doing the basics right.
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