Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar gave his thoughts in response to Steve Smith’s comments that it will not be easy for the bowlers to keep on tormenting him with short-pitched bowling. Steve Smith credited Kiwi quick Neil Wagner for the way he was able to trouble him last summer with a continuous barrage of short-balls. Smith is of the opinion that such quality is quite rare and other bowlers won’t be able to replicate it.
Gavaskar responded by saying that India had one such bowler in the form of Mohammed Shami who could continuously torment the Australian batsmen with short-pitched bowling. He stated that Shami has this amazing bouncer that does not bounce that high and ends just around the shoulder and head of the batsmen. This makes it almost impossible for the batsmen to leave the ball alone and they end up playing a false shot
“Mohammed Shami in particular has a fabulous bouncer. If he gets it right on target, then you can be pretty certain that not too many batsmen will be able to negotiate him,” Gavaskar told Sportstar.
“He is not very tall and his short ball will come skidding at you around your shoulder and head, and that’s the most difficult delivery to play. If his rhythm is right, he will not be an easy bowler to play,” Gavaskar added.
Thus, Gavaskar tipped Shami to be the bowler to watch out for from the Indian camp. While the India’s tour of Australia consists of three ODIs followed by three T20Is too, it is the all-important Border-Gavaskar Trophy that will grab all the limelight. India will not have the services of their talisman Virat Kohli after the first Test at Adelaide as he will be heading back to India as he is awaiting the birth of his first child.
Australia on the other hand, will be strengthened by the presence of Steve Smith and David Warner, who were both not present the last time the Men in Blue toured Australia. Thus, although India won the Test series 2-1 last time around, they will have their work cut out this time.