India pacer Mohammed Shami on Thursday (August 26) said that the team’s performance in the third Test so far has not affected the morale of the players as there is a lot of time left in the five-match series.
“No, my friend, mentally (it doesn’t matter), we finish matches in three days, many matches we finish in two days. Sometimes when we have a bad day or we go first We get out early in a Test match in innings and we have to field for long hours. It happens sometimes, but there is no need to feel low, as there are still two Tests left. middle of the series.
He’s on Day 2 of Stumps 3 #Engwind Test at Headingley!
England reach 423/8 and move on #teamindia by 345 runs.
121 for Joe Root
—BCCI (@BCCI) 26 August 2021
India were bundled out for 78 in the first innings on the first day of the third Test against England. In response the visitors boarded the Skipper and posted a massive 423/8 Joe Root’s stroke filled 121, to take a 345-run lead when the stumps were pulled on the second day.
“And we are 1-0 up, so there is no need to think (negative), just one thing, believe in your skills and support yourself,” Shami said.
According to this Bengal fast bowler, who returned with the figure of 3/87, it is the responsibility of the bowlers to take wickets. “It is your responsibility if there is a long partnership from the opposition side. It’s your job, to take wickets, you have to plan in your mind how to get (batsman) out,” said Shami.
All Indian bowlers including Ravindra Jadeja (2/88), Jasprit Bumrah (1/58) and Mohammad Siraj (2/86) were challenged by Root and Co.
“When the pitch is slow, your skills get affected, the bounce gets reduced, we managed the edges but they didn’t move,” Shami said.
“When the pitch starts to slow down, the ball stops seaming and swinging. everything changes. Like you saw in the morning when the pitch slowed down. In this case, you do not need to think much. If it is slow then you have to keep the ball in one place,” said the right-arm pacer.
(with agency input)