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January 27, 2018 Mohammed Shami News
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Shami led India to a famous 63-run win over South Africa in the third Test by claiming figures of five for 28 in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The right-arm pacer is highly rated by captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, and he repaid the faith with a breathtaking spell on Saturday. The veteran top-order batsman Hashim Amla and opener Dean Elgar put the home side on top with a 119-run partnership for the second-wicket in the chase of 241, but Shami, with the help of fellow pacers Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah helped his team register a memorable victory with his third five-wicket haul in the five-day format. With India due to travel Australia and England later this year, team management will be eager to keep Shami fit who can prove to be the real trump card in good conditions for fast bowling.
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Fantasy AnalysisShami hasn't been amongst the wickets quite as much as he'd like of late, taking just 19 wickets in five Tests in 2017 as he found cracking the Indian attack quite difficult; however, he showed good attacking intent in the second innings, using the swinging pitch to his advantage as he knocked out Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock with Kagiso Rabada the cherry on top for his sixth-career four-for.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving only bowled against Sri Lanka in Tests this year, Shami seems to have their number, taking 16 wickets in eight innings at an average of just 19.43 with this being his first four-wicket haul in the process. Shami was in excellent form in the first-class Ranji Trophy leading up to this series, taking two fifers in his last two matches, including one at Kolkata just before the series.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his last ODI, against the West Indies at Kingston, he took his sixth-career four-for and had a strong Test series against Sri Lanka to merit inclusion in the ODI squad. While they're rolling deep in quicks and have a bevy of options in the attack, even without R Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja. Prior to the two ODIs agains the West Indies, he hadn't bowled in an ODI since the ICC World Cup in March 2015 when he conceded an expensive naught for 68 against Australia and it was later revealed he was bowling through a knee injury, which caused a dip in form and struggled to regain fitness over the next two years.
Fantasy AnalysisIn just his third IPL appearance of the season, Shami took arguably the most important wicket, bowling out David Warner on a beautiful, pacey yorker that obliterated the stumps and was just the fifth lost wicket during the powerplay for Sunrisers all year. Shami then showed his pace and his versatility by getting Kane Williamson on a bouncer to put the Dardevils in excellent shape. While his economy was nothing to write home about, conceding five boundaries against just eight dot balls, Shami's work with the ball helped lay the foundation for their successful chase.
Fantasy AnalysisIn just his second match back from a knee injury that's kept him out since November, Shami looked every bit the key member of the India Test attack they're looking for. While his status was up in the air for the IPL, his 46th-over double strike and match-leading economy should allay most of those fears. While Shami struggled in the IPL last season, taking just five wickets at an average of 48.79 and a 9.69 economy in eight matches, his return to fitness will be a big boost for both his domestic and international sides.
Fantasy AnalysisShami was retained by the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, but his status is still up in the air as he was not selected for the first two Tests of India’s upcoming series against Australia. The Daredevils purchased Kagiso Rabada in the auction at 5 crore and Shami’s knee will be a big question for the team’s aspirations as they have quite the attack if he’s fit, but will be losing at least four players from their squad as they head out on South Africa international duty.
Fantasy AnalysisThe rare pace bowler in the India attack, Shami had been bowling well, collecting five wickets at Mohali but was forced to sit out of the team's last match at Mumbai with this leg injury. The 26-year-old has been an integral piece of the India squad this year, but have shown a resiliency of late, particularly with England's struggles against the many spinners India has on offer.
Fantasy AnalysisShami came out of the gate slowly, grabbing only two wickets in the first Test of the series, but snatched three in both innings at Kolkata. The 26-year-old has taken 66 wickets in just 18 matches and his form has been a big reason why India has shot up to the top ranking in the ICC Test Rankings. He'll look to keep his strong run of form in the final Test of the series before the forthcoming ODI series.
Fantasy AnalysisShami sustained a knee injury in the tour of Australia last December, yet he gutted out the schedule to follow, logging only two absences among four Tests, four ODIs in the tri-series with Australia and England, and eight games at the World Cup. Since the semifinal loss to Australia, though, he's been recuperating from knee surgery and hasn't bowled in a fixture, international or otherwise. Even if he isn't chosen for the initial squad, his showing could be enough to be called up at some point during the lengthy 72-day series, which begins on Oct. 2 with a T20.
Fantasy AnalysisShami played through the injury at the World Cup. He hasn't started running, so his timetable to return is unclear.
Fantasy AnalysisShami took six wickets total in India's first two matches of the tournament, including a four-wicket haul against Pakistan in the opener. He missed the next game due to a "mild" left knee concern, though, and was slightly more yielding in the remaining five outings, allowing 5.20 runs per over. The trend culminated in the semifinal defeat at the hands of Australia, against whom he bowled 32 dot balls but failed to take a wicket for the first time, while giving up a tournament-worst 68 runs in his 10 overs. He'll now suit up for the Dehli Daredevils of the IPL following a season in which he downed just seven wickets for 52.71 with a strike rate of 37.71 in 12 games.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter taking the new ball, Shami allowed a mere eight runs and downed his first wicket of the day during his initial five-over spell. He didn't make another appearance until the Powerplay, when he was slammed for 22 off two overs, which included Brendan Taylor's six to reach a century. During the death, Shami completed his trifecta, placing him in a tie for second with 15 wickets taken in this World Cup. Although his marks suffered Saturday, he's still averaging 12.60 while giving up 4.39 runs per over.
Fantasy AnalysisShami took key wickets in Ireland's batting innings to restrict the minnows to an attainable score of 259. In his nine overs, he bowled 35 dot balls and had an economy rate of 4.55. In the four games he has played so far in this World Cup, he has taken 12 wickets and has a strike rate of 17.00 while conceding just 4.15 runs per over.
Fantasy AnalysisShami missed last Saturday's manhandling of the UAE due to a left knee injury, which required an "ultrasound-guided injection" to alleviate. However, he opened the Windies' innings with two maidens and two wickets taken among his first five overs, and in his first spell of six overs, he conceded merely 19 runs. After nabbing the late wicket of Darren Sammy, Shami is tied with Ravichandran Ashwin for the team lead with nine wickets, which he's supplemented with a stellar 11.11 average and 4.00 economy rate in three World Cup outings.
Fantasy AnalysisShami has so far been a staple of India's bowling unit in World Cup wins versus Pakistan and South Africa, picking up six wickets for a 10.83 average and 3.82 economy rate. In his place, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Stuart Binny, or Axar Patel are the candidates to be tapped by captain MS Dhoni in India's XI.
Fantasy AnalysisMixing in 30 dot balls, Shami nabbed one wicket apiece early and late, setting down Quinton de Kock and Dale Steyn. Shami also held the Proteas to a pair of boundaries, keeping his economy rate below 4.00 for a third consecutive ODI. After tying for the most wickets in the format last year with 38 in 16 games, he's now picked up eight for a 20.38 average and 4.27 runs yielded per over across five matches in 2015.
Fantasy AnalysisShami bowled aggressively, yet economically, troubling the Pakistani batsmen with his pace and bounce whilst bowling with an economy rate of just 3.88. He bowled 38 dot balls and got a boundary scored off him just four times. In 2014, he was the equal leading wicket-taker in ODI matches, taking 38 in just 16 matches, and his form has continued in this World Cup.