After three days of play in the first Test being played on the South African tour, India’s upper hand looks heavy. Mohammed Shami played a big role in getting the hosts out for 197 runs. Shami not only took five wickets but also completed his 200 wickets in Test cricket. After the end of the day’s play, he gave the credit of his success to his father.
30 km cycling story
Mohammed Shami told how his father played an important role in his success in world cricket. Shami said that he would not have reached this stage without his father’s support. From the area where Shami hails from Amroha, UP, it was not so easy to travel from there to Team India. If Shami, who left the world in 2017, is to be believed, then Abbu used to take 30 kms daily on a bicycle to the coaching camp.
‘Double century’ of wickets
This is the sixth time in his career that he has taken five wickets in an innings. He is also the fourth Indian bowler to take five wickets in an innings more than once in South Africa. Shami touched 200 Test wickets in his 55th Test. In this case, he is the third fastest Indian bowler. Kapil Dev touched this figure in 50 and Javagal Srinath in 54 Tests.
Broken waist by two blows
The hosts’ first blow from India was given by Jasprit Bumrah by dismissing captain Dean Elgar (1) on the fifth ball of the innings. Then Shami hit Keegan Pietersen (15) on the third ball after lunch. His almost half-volley ball took the inner edge of the bat and got caught in the wickets. He then smashed the bails off the off-stump of Aiden Markram (13). These two consecutive aftershocks broke the back of the hosts and they were completely on the back foot. Before the end of the second session, Mohammad Siraj and Shardul Thakur also took a wicket each.