Mohammed Shami took everyone by surprise in first Test, says Ravi Shastri

Mohammed Shami picked up nine wickets in his Test debut at Eden Gardens, Kolkata against West Indies © IANS

Nov 11, 2013
Former India skipper Ravi Shastri said that Mohammaed Shami’s performance in the first Test against West Indies at Eden Gardens, Kolkata surprised everyone. He furthermore added that majority of the people didn’t expect India to pick up 20 wickets.
“Mohammed Shami took everyone by surprise. He had looked a much improved bowler since his good show in the One-Day International series against Australia. Here he outdid himself,” Shastri was quoted as saying by Times of India.

“Not many had backed India to pick up 20 wickets, that too of a side which ahs Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul in its ranks. Not a debutant pace bowler, by a long shot. But here it was; West Indies lay flattened in less than three days in Kolkata.”
“Batsmen were paralysed into their crease; unable to fathom either the reverse swing or length. The pace and accuracy added to the trauma. But for a dismissal here and there, most of his nine victims had their timber rattled. What impressed me most was, he could reverse the ball from a good length area. It needn’t be necessarily full.”
He also  spoke about skipper MS Dhoni praising debutant Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin’s performance.
“No wonder skipper Dhoni was unusually effusive in his praise. There was some very high compliments from the Indian skipper, not just for Shami but also for the other debutant Rohit Sharma. Together, the two — alongside admirable Ravi Ashwin — blanked out the Caribbean visitors.
“The three in a way hijacked Sachin Tendulkar farewell stand at Eden Gardens. But there was nothing to complain about,” he concluded.