I don’t mind bowling with the new ball or the old ball: Mohammed Shami | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Mohammed Shami said he has no ego and would only follow the team’s instructions if asked to bowl in the ODIs with a used Kookaburra rather than a dazzling white one.
It would be intriguing to watch who Jasprit Bumrah‘s new ball partner will be in the match against Pakistan on Saturday now that he’s back in the running for the Asia Cup.

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In the ODI series against Australia in March of this year, Shami and Mohammed Siraj split the new ball in Bumrah‘s absence.
“I don’t have any hesitancy to bowl with the new ball or the old ball. I don’t have an ego like that. All three of us (Bumrah, Shami & Siraj) are bowling very well, so it depends on the management on who will play,” Shami told Star Sports ahead of the Asia Cup match against Pakistan.

“Depends on whether I have the new ball or whether the team requires me at any stage during the match, I’m always on,” said India’s best exponent of swing bowling in current times.
Shami, who has 162 wickets from 90 games with an economy rate of 5.60, doesn’t get too fussy about the format and colour of the ball.
“There is too much talk about the white ball or red ball, if you bowl in the right areas I don’t think that there is any difficulty in any ball,” said the Bengal speedster.
“There is only one goal, to go and give 100%, the result will come running to us if we give our 100%. So it is very important to focus and execute, it’s a very simple plan.”
The team’s spirit will undoubtedly improve with Bumrah on the field ahead of a major competition like the World Cup.
“For a long time we didn’t have Jassi (Bumrah), so we felt the loss of a good player like him. You sometimes feel like ‘I wish this player was there’, to make your combination set.

“So having Jassi, especially in the white-ball format, has made our bowling very strong. He’s looking fit and he’s playing well, hopefully, we have a good Asia Cup.”
Shami, who last played a white ball game in March and would like to get back on track right away against Pakistan, has benefited greatly from the training in Alur before the Asia Cup.
“For big games, there is always preparation as we have practised in the training camp. I don’t think we have to analyze too much into the situation, we have the skill and the bowling line-up, so we don’t have to think too much.
“But I have to say one thing, whenever One-day matches come, there has to be focus. So to be focused and to have proper planning.”
(With PTI inputs)

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