Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was all praise for the Indian Pacer Mohammad Shami for his brilliant last over in the third T20I between India and New Zealand.
On his YouTube Channel, Shoaib said “Shami is a very clever bowler. He is the find of India and he is the best fast bowler in the world. Whatever situation you put him in, he always excels, whether it’s a world cup or a T20 in New Zealand, he’s a very very smart fast bowler. When he got to know that yorkers won’t work, he immediately switched to length balls and bouncers,” in the prise of Indian Pacer.
Though Mohammad Shami really deserve all of that for his outstanding performance in the cliff hanger at the Seldon Park in Hamilton. Mohammad Shami bowled one hell of a final over to drag the match to Super over.
New Zealand were well placed after the 19th over the innings of the chase, requiring just nine runs off the final over and Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor at crease. And if this was not enough to make the situation more-tense, Shamiconceded a Six off the first ball of the over and match was all but finished. Butin the next four balls, Mohammad Shami gave away just 2 runs and also took an all-important wicket of New Zealand captain. With New Zealand just requiring one run, Shami, the new Yorker specialist, bowled an off stump Yorker on the last ball to force a tie.
Shoaib Akhtar, also known as Rawalpindi Express, was also pleased with the experience shown by Shami after getting hit for a six on the first ball of the over.
“When Taylor hit Shami for a six in the first ball, I thought the match was over but that’s where the experience of Shami came into play. He realized there was a little bit of dew which will help the ball skid if he hits the length. Taylor hit me a lot through the midwicket region in my last match but unfortunately, he dragged the same shot onto his stumps on the last ball. But credit to Shami,”said Akhtar on his YouTube Channel.