His inclusion gave the Indian bowling attack the shot in the arm it very much needed, but the modest Mohammad Shami said his hit was down to a fresh wicket.
We bowled first so there was always help from a fresh wicket. There was no surprising carry or bounce in the wicket. It was going good before the rain. But it became slow thereafter, Shami said reporters after the fourth ODI was abandoned due to rain.
The plan was just not to give any room to Finch as he was playing well. We just kept our focus on that and wanted them to play as much as possible and we got success. Shami often crossed the 140 km/ h mark and when quiz about the secret, he said.
Asked about the six dropped catches during Australia innings, Shami said: its part and parcel of the game. We try not to make any mistakes. Nobody drops a catch intentionally. Shami also came in for a lot of praise from Captain Dhoni. He is deceptive. He bowls faster than you think. What was main was he bowled full and the wickets he got, he was hitting the bails, MS Dhoni said.
In the death overs, he was getting the yorkers in pretty constantly. Australia captain George Bailey gave credit to Shami and batsman Maxwell for setting up an interesting game. I thought Maxwell found conducive to stroke play. It was still a good batting wicket. Probably what it did that the other wickets haven't done is it swung and seamed and spat a little bit, mainly at the start.
Obviously Mohammed Shami, he bowled very well. He is someone we haven’t seen in the series and he was a little bit faster than what we expected. He certainly got a bit of movement off the seam. That’s something to be pretty aware of for the rest of the series. That obviously what’s going to be coming at us? Having said that, from the moment Maxwell strode to the crease, he made it look like a different wicket.