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“I have seen the best of Waqar Younis, and this reverse swing bowling from Shami is as good as anyone that I’ve seen”
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has announced that pace bowler Mohammed Shami could become India’s Waqar Younis after he took nine wickets in his debut Test match against the West Indies in Kolkata.
A large majority of Shami’s wickets came via his art of reverse swing, which the West Indian batsmen had absolutely no answer to.
“I have seen the best of Waqar Younis, and this reverse swing bowling from Shami is as good as anyone that I’ve seen,” Ganguly said.
Legendary India batsman VVS Laxman added that Shami looked more like a Test veteran than a debutant.
“Shami hardly looked like someone who is inexperienced and is playing his first Test match,” Laxman told NDTV. “Very pleased with the way he bowled.”
Shami’s match figures of 9/118 are the second-best by an Indian pace bowler on debut.
Only Narendra Hirwani has a better record, taking 16/136 against the West Indies in Chennai in 1988.
Former India batting great Sunil Gavaskar was impressed at how much Shami got the ball to swing on a very “unresponsive pitch”.
“On an unresponsive pitch, the way Shami managed to get the out-swing going and the way he read the batsmen was a huge plus,” Gavaskar told NDTV. “He assessed a batsman’s weakness and what the pitch had to offer and conquered all.”