Dinesh Karthik Named The ‘Toughest’ Indian Bowler : Indian bowlers stole all the limelight as they dominated the opening Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, helping the hosts earn a 1-0 lead in the crucial four-match series. Despite the absence of pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian cricket team managed to defeat the Australians by an inning and 132 runs in the series opener of the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which was played in Nagpur.
While all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja stole the show with his memorable comeback during Australia’s batting in the first innings, on the other hand, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin ran through the Australian batting line-up in the third one.
Though, the pitch in Nagpur didn’t provide much assistance to the pacers, India’s senior bowler Mohammed Shami managed to end the game with 3 wickets in his account
Shami might not dominate on India’s spinner-friendly surfaces, but he looked dangerous during his spell. And according to veteran keeper-batter Dinesh Karthik, Shami looks even more dangerous during net sessions.
Dinesh Karthik Called Mohammed Shami ‘Torture’
Speaking on Cricbuzz show Rise of New India, Dinesh Karthik termed the 32-year-old “torture Shami”. He said: “If I have to use one word for Shami, it will be “torture Shami.” Because in my whole career, he is the toughest bowler I have faced in the nets, he has got me out a couple of times as well in the match. But he has been nasty to play in the net. I thought I was the only one, so then I asked Kohli and Rohit, and they are all legends of the game, and they all said they hate playing Shami,”
Explaining further on Shami’s upright seam position, DK said: “What makes him (Shami) so special is – all of his strength come into play in net session. His upright seam position, his natural length, that nasty length of 6-8 metre mark, where the two major modes of dismissal are caught behind or caught at slip. And you can see why he has been unlucky over a period of time as well, because that length says that he gets the batsman beaten numerous times but never gets that wicket. He has travelled overseas in series where he constantly ended up being the bad bowler because he is the bowler got gets most deliveries beaten, but never the amount of wickets to show for,”
“For a fast bowler, the revs are close to 1000 rpm when the ball is released, but for Shami, it is close to 1500–1600 rpm. That is what makes him special. When you have that amount of backs-spin, when there is little bit of the wicket, he is literally unplayable,” Karthik added.
Talking about the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the Indian cricket team led by Rohit Sharma has already taken a lead of 1-0 after beating the world’s No. 1 Test team, Australia, by an inning and 132 runs in the 1st Test match. The 2nd match of the series will take place in Delhi on February 17th.