- Nov 29, 2018
- AFL Club
Shami tbh often goes through the motions in the first innings. But almost always, he turns into a monster come the last innings earning his nickname "second innings Shami" among the Indian fans. His numbers in the 1st innings and 2nd innings are quite revealing as well, averages 32 in the team 1st innings and 21 in the team's 2nd innings. I think it has do with the fact that he just keeps attacking the stumps and the pitch deterioration as the match progresses helps him since more balls are prone to misbehaving in the last innings. His skiddy action probably adds more to his potency in the last innings.When you have the bowling depth to be able to field either 2 frontline spinners of below 25 averages with the ball, or to be able to field quicks that can bowl medium pace, fast, swing, seam, and go for sh*t all runs, you're onto a pretty good thing.
Still think Shami's one of the most underrated bowlers in world cricket.
What impresses me the most about him is his perfect seam position. When they show the slow replay of his deliveries, it almost appears as if the ball is static as it's hurtling towards the batsman. Only then you realise that it's actually rotating in a perfect straight axis along the vertical. While Ishant is primarily a swing bowler, Shami's impeccable straight seam position means he becomes very dangerous on slow wickets that deteriorate whereas he might not always be effective when the conditions necessitate swing bowling, like say in english conditions.