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Shami is going to thrive under Kohli: Akhtar

Shami is going to thrive under Kohli: Akhtar”

The Tamil Nadu off-spinner did not disappoint either taking seven wickets in the first innings and chipped in with one wicket in the second to end the match with a satisfying 8-wicket haul that also see him becoming the fastest bowler to 350 Test wickets jointly with Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan. "Our bowlers are skillful at reverse swing as when they play domestic cricket, wickets generally are flat".

India will now face South Africa in the second Test of the series in Pune from October 10. In first innings, Ashwin took 7 wickets whereas Shami was the hero with the ball in the second innings in which he went onto to take his 5th fifer in worldwide cricket. The Indian lads have shown a superb skillet of their traits against South Africa that helped them to win the first Test of their home season series in Visakhapatnam. "And then he came up with a magnificent spell", Arun added. "The outfield is also not at times great".

At the break, Senuran Muthusamy (18) and Dane Piedt (32) were at the crease with South Africa still needing 278 runs with 2 wickets remaining. "Otherwise, I think given the conditions it would have been very very hard", said Arun.

Elaborating on why India's bowling battery is so successful, Arun said: "There is definitely a chance for the pacers on any track provided they have the necessary skills, and our fast bowlers have done extremely well over the last couple of years, overseas and at home". Shami's bowls at slightly back of a length which the likes of Faf du Plessis or any other foreign batsman is perennially conditioned to hang back on the backfoot or leave the ball on length.

Akhtar said that he once advised Shami to try and become a tearaway pacer while also using the reverse swing as a lethal weapon. He has seam and swing, besides that he has reverse swing which very few bowlers in the subcontinent have. "On that wicket it desires lot of patience", Arun talked about. "For us to be the No 1 team in the world, any conditions that come your way, you have to accept it as home conditions", Arun, who has done a phenomenal job with the bowling unit, told reporters on Tuesday. He has given us the freedom to take a call on whether we want to bowl 5 overs or 7 overs or more - he says "if you have the power, go ahead and bowl".



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