India vs West Indies 2013: Mohammed Shami enjoyed Kieran Powell's wicket the most

Mohammed Shami bagged four wickets in his debut Test innings against West Indies © IANS

By Tapan Mohanta

Kolkata: Nov 6, 2013

India’s hero of the day Mohammed Shami said that the change of ball helped his cause as the replaced one started swinging much more enabling him to get rid of a set Marlon Samuels and an experienced Denesh Ramdin off successive overs during the opening day of first Test.

“The first ball was softer and I wasn’t able to get a lot of swing with it. But after the ball was changed, it started swinging and reversing. It was a great feeling to bowl with the changed ball as well watch others bowl,” Shami told mediapersons after the end of the day’s play.

He has enjoyed a decent success in ODIs but the 23-year-old Bengal-based speedster said that there wasn’t much adjustments that he had to make while switching from the 50-over format to the days version.

“Only the [jersey] colour changes [in Test format]. There’s no alteration in basic line and length bowling. There wasn’t any plan as such. My strength lies in line, length and swing. I don’t change my technique as per opponents.”

He bowled three West Indies batsmen with lethal in-cutters but the debut wicket of Kieran Powell, will always remain the special one.

“I just did my job. Nothing more than that. But the debut wicket (Kieran Powell) will always remain extra-special for me although all the wickets are equally important.”

He further said:”I am always up for challenge. I don’t back off. I get adjusted wherever I feel nice.”

Shami said that the senior players including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had told him to stick to a plan.

“All the seniors told me to stick to the plan that was chalked out. I did just that,” he added.

Son of a farmer, Shami had to come to Kolkata in 2007 to revive his cricketing career as there were not much opportunity in his remote village Sahaspur near Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.