Mohammed Shami doesn't believe in 'setting specific targets', but he has already set one target for the year – to guide India to the title at the T20 World Cup to be held in the United States and America in June. to do. West Indies.
India came close to breaking their ICC title streak last year, reaching the ODI World Cup final – before losing to Australia – and Shami played a key role in the team's campaign.
With 24 wickets, he emerged as the top wicket-taker of the tournament – which also earned him the Sportsman of the Year award in team sports. sportstar Ace Awards on Thursday.
While he is out of the ongoing Test series against England due to injury, Shami believes that 'playing the game with his mind' and planning according to the situation is the key to his success.
“I don't have specific goals. I change my plans and adapt according to the situation. It is important to be prepared to go with your recent conditions, fitness and other elements to create the complete package. And that's just what I do. Shami said, “I play games with my mind based on this and see how I feel.” sportstar,
In the ODI World Cup, India's pace battery – comprising Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj – dominated, and after witnessing the evolution of the pace department, Shami believes the transformation did not happen overnight. The fast bowlers had to put in a lot of effort, hard work and sweat to reach here.
“What people got to see in the 2023 World Cup is the result of seven-eight years of hard work. That effort engendered a certain confidence and trust which translated into our performance. It is because of the unit's bond and trust in each other that this pace battery has become so powerful,” Shami said with a smile: “Hopefully the pace battery will continue to run successfully for longer and achieve more success…”
On Indian surfaces which often seem to favor spinners and batsmen, things are not exactly easy for the fast bowlers. But over the last few years, a collective effort by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the team management has focused on developing fast bowlers and that move has clearly worked wonders.
“In India, it is very challenging to break through as a fast bowler. The Indian team and conditions are often praised for their batting. It's been rare for bowlers to be there and do that. But now, that part has gone to the next level and in different situations. “For our (fast bowlers) to be able to perform well and that too on home soil, it is definitely commendable,” Shami said.
While his performance at the World Cup was memorable, he had to sit out the first few matches, and an injury to Hardik Pandya eventually cleared his way into the playing eleven, and the experienced campaigner made the most of the opportunity. However, he attributes this to hard work and preparation.
“This year has been good because of the hard work we did, all the preparation we did before the World Cup was really good. Before that, IPL also went well, so my confidence was in good shape. I was enjoying my performance because the stage was ready,'' he said. “The set-up was good, and the output was good. The only thing missing from our 2023 campaign (was the title), and I hope we can get it in 2024…”
With four months left for another ICC event, Shami's aim remains to get in shape and contribute to the team's campaign.