Mohammed Shami: I just try and bowl stump to stump: Shami on his World Cup success

Senior India pacer Mohammed Shami has said there is nothing unusual in his bowling, adding that he focuses on stump-to-stump length and “zoning” the delivery to get wickets. India was the go-to bowler for the World Cup, where he is currently the top wicket-taker, scalping 23 wickets in six games at an economy of 5.01, including four-for and three fifers.

He took seven wickets in the semi-final against New Zealand in Mumbai on Tuesday.

“I always look at what the situation is, how the pitch and the ball are being carried and whether the ball is swinging or not,” Shami told Star Sports.

“And, if the ball isn’t swinging, I try to bowl stump off the off stump and try to land it in a zone where he can catch the ball on the batter’s edge (when they’re) driving. ”

Shami missed the opening four matches of the World Cup, while Hardik Pandya was the favorite in the team before an ankle injury ruled him out for the rest of the tournament.

Since then, Shami has been impressive with his pace and composure, getting the ball to move in all conditions. Former India head coach Ravi Shastri also believes that Shami will play a significant role in the final against Australia in Ahmedabad on Sunday. “The first ball, if he (Shami) is sprinting in, (I want) good luck to the batsmen. The seam presentation, the way the ball lands… It is what he has done in Cup This World has consistently hit the right track,” he said during an event in Chennai on Friday.

“Even in Mumbai, he was worrying the batsmen with his skills. Not many got the ball to move around, but he got it done and got the outside edges,” said Shastri.

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