Mohammad Shami was arguably the pick of the Indian bowlers, who eventually found their rhythm and bundled out the opposition for 249. Team India head into the final day with a slender 32 run-lead and the pacer feels that there have to be enough runs on the board as a target for the Kiwis before any talks of a positive result make the rounds.
While Day 6 promises to be rain-free, there is still a lot left to be unraveled in 90 overs in order to crown a decisive winner. While stranger things have happened, all indications lead the result to a draw.
While Shami did not rule out the prospect of picking up 10 wickets in a subdued period of time, he affirmed that the primary focus should be on stacking up runs on the board.
“We have to score as many as possible and then see how much time is left to put them in and decide accordingly. In conditions like England, anything can happen but we simply can’t have a pre-plan in mind that we can get them out in this many overs. You need time to get 10 wickets and some solid plans in place. But first, we need to score enough back-up runs,” Shami told in a virtual press conference.
The speedster attributed the Kiwi collapse as a result of the pressure created by the bowlers. He noted the importance of bowling tight lines as well.
“Obviously as you play the Test match, you can’t stick to one plan for five days. You need to be flexible and set up lines as per the track. We needed to bowl those tight lines which benefit the team in order to restrict New Zealand to as little as possible. So the pressure created momentum and we got wickets in clutches,” he added.
Shami picked up the wickets of Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, Colin deGrandhomme, and Kyle Jamieson in his mammoth 26-over outing with the cherry.
Former India batsman VVS Laxman lauded praise on the speedster for adapting quickly after a tame display on Day 3. He also noted how Shami’s intensity remained true throughout with his pace never dropping at any point of time during the long grueling spells.
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