Mohammed Shami © Getty Images
Mohammed Shami is India’s highest wicket taker in ODI in 2014 © Getty Images

By Sandipan Banerjee

Sep 6, 2014

Mohammed Shami, India’s leading wicket taker in One-day International (ODI) cricket in 2014, should play selective matches to remain fresh for next year’s World Cup, felt his childhood coach Badruddin Ahmed. In an exclusive chat with CricketCountry, Badruddin was expressing his views about Shami’s recent form.

He said,“In the last few Tests in England, Shami was bit tired, that was the reason why he wasn’t able to bowl according to his potential. But the brake before the One-day series helped him to recover and now he is back to his best in terms of speed and control.”

Badruddin, who is guiding Shami from the age of 15, also suggested that he should focus on playing only the home Test series against the West Indies in November and take rest in the One-day series. “Shami now should concentrate on playing the three Test matches against the West Indies and take rest or play one or two games in the ODI series. Because India have a tough schedule after that. They will travel to Australia for a full series and next is the World cup and Shami’s fitness will be crucial for India chances of defending their title in pace friendly Australian and New Zealand pitches,” Badruddin said from Moradabad.

(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at Cricket Country. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)