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'Wickets depend on luck sometimes': Mohammed Shami

'Wickets depend on luck sometimes': Mohammed Shami

London, Sep 11 (UNI) India fast bowler Mohammed Shami admitted that it was frustrating

to beat the bat repeatedly, and still not get adequate wickets after returning 2/110 in

England's second innings.

Shami's figures of 0/72 and 2/110 in the two England innings in The Oval Test do little

justice to just how well he bowled. The bowler beat the bat with great frequency but simply

couldn't find the edges.

His woes were magnified when he had to shoulder a greater load of the fast-bowling

duties after Ishant Sharma left the field due to a 'discomfort'. India hadn't picked

seam-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya for the game, which meant Shami bowled a lot

of overs on day four of the Test on Monday. He bowled a total of 25 overs in England's

second innings of 423/8 declared, which set India an improbable target of 464, an ICC

report on Tuesday said.

"It depends on luck sometimes," Shami said ruefully. "As a bowler, your main target is to

hit good areas consistently, especially with the new ball. Whether that yields wickets depends

on luck, but it is certainly a bit frustrating... the ball beat the bat several times, but it's fine, I've

to accept the wickets I got.

"It is difficult when you're one bowler short, and in these conditions you'll have to bowl since

it is fast-bowler friendly. Yes, the load increases but it's nothing so serious. It happens, bowlers

feel discomfort and as a means of preventing injury, you leave the field. We have a great

understanding in the bowling group in that regard."

Despite the setback, Shami was willing to look at the positives, judging himself on how he

bowled rather than the wickets he got. He felt he had shown significant improvement since

India's 2014 tour of England.

"I've learnt a lot. When we had come here in 2014, we didn't even have that much

experience and we weren't mature (as bowlers). This time, we watched a lot of videos of

Jimmy Anderson and (Stuart) Broad to see where they pitched the ball, especially in English

conditions. As compared to last time, we did better this time," he said.

Shami has finished the tour with 10 wickets to his name, two of which have come in the fifth

and final Test, which England seem poised to win in a fitting farewell for Alastair Cook, who

scored 147 to rousing applause. India will resume at 58/3, and will probably have their eyes

trained on a credible draw.

UNI XC-BM

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