‘Makes it tough to play him’ – Sunil Gavaskar explains what makes Mohammed Shami better than the rest


Sunil Gavaskar lavishes praise for Indian speedster Mohammed Shami for being India’s one of the most consistent performers in red-ball cricket. The right-handed pacer is a regular face in the longer format and he has been kept away from the white-ball cricket post-T20 World Cup.

The pacer is currently playing for India in the ongoing day-night Test. He grabbed 2 wickets at the cost of 18 runs dismissing Sri Lanka’s skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva. Shami has been doing really well with the red ball and he has been contributing really well on the overseas tours of India. However, his contribution with bowling has always gone into vain.

Sunil Gavaskar lavishes praise on Mohammed Shami’s contribution with the ball in Test cricket

Sunil Gavaskar praised Mohammed Shami’s contribution with the ball. He said the pacer very easily bowls longer spells in the red-ball cricket. As per him, Shami is a vital cog of Team India’s bowling department, who can bowl quick six or seven over spells at any point of time in the game.

“Yes, he is somebody who can bowl long spells, sustain that pace, and can build pressure with every single delivery. You need somebody like that. He has been terrific as well. People often forget that sometimes you got to be one of the quicker bowlers has to be a workhorse that means he has to bowl not just a four-over spell, but a six or seven-over spell and that is what Shami does,” Sunil Gavaskar told Star Sports at the end of Day one.

“He runs in hard every ball and gives you everything. And he has got this ability that with just a little flick of the wrist he gets the ball to move either way. Tough to play him,” he added.