Mohammed Shami    Getty Images
Mohammed Shami Getty Images

India s bowling in their ongoing series with South Africa has been impressive, unlike their more famed batting. Leading the pack is Mohammed Shami, who is their highest wicket-taker with 9 victims. Former South Africa pace man, Fanie de Villiers has hailed Shami as India’s best Test pacer.

According to PTI, de VIlliers said: “Shami is a good bowler. He could play for South Africa and fit into their pace attack very well. He has a beautiful out-swinger, runs in hard, bowls at 140s, and most importantly, he consistently bowls that line to first slip. He bowls the line Glenn McGrath did, Shaun Pollick did, Ian Botham did, Dale Steyn does, and so, he is India s best Test bowler.”

He also gave out secrets of how to bowl on South African conditions. He revealed, “When you are bowling in South Africa, it is important to have that away-swinging line. Shami has that. Hardik Pandya has that too, but he doesn t have too much pace. Until he gets that pace he will not be a big wicket-taker.

He will fit into India’s overseas plans very well though, because he bowls that away-swinging line. Bhuvneshwar Kumar also has that, but he didn t play in Centurion.”

He also spoke in lengths about the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya.

He said: “I am genuinely surprised that Kumar didn’t play. He should be playing all overseas Test matches for India. He is someone who can take the ball away from right-handers and then bring it back into left-handers as well.

That is the future of world cricket on quicker wickets and this has been the past. Jasprit Bumrah bowled well, but he primarily bowls into the right-hander, or bowls into the stumps. Even on flat wickets like Centurion, Kumar can average 4 wickets per match. It was a big mistake not picking him.

He further goes on to say, “Ishant Sharma bowls into the stumps. Bumrah bowls into the stumps too. In South Africa, you cannot have two pacers bowling into the batsmen on a wicket like this. Bumrah bowled well in patches yes, but is he going to take 8-9 wickets in a Test? How many times has Ishant picked 8-9 wickets in a Test?

He cannot, because he bowls an incoming delivery into the bat. Kumar can do it, Shami can do it, and they have done it before if I am not mistaken, because they have the away going delivery. So, Shami is your future, Kumar is your future, and they bowl quick enough to be in that category.

Even Pandya is your future (if he adds a little pace).”