Mohammad Shami was one of the most consistent bowlers in this season's IPL and he deserves full credit for it after some rough patches in his personal and professional life.
His Yorkers were lethal and so were his bouncers but lack of support from the other end inhibited his success collectively and individually.
However, everything's in the past now and his top priority would be repeating his heroics in 2018-19 against Australia again. The Kings XI Punjab bowler alongside Jasprit Bumrah were the main pillars of Indian bowling department and were commendable hugely for India's 2-1 series win.
Both Bumrah and Shami have been selected to play the white-ball and the red-ball cricket but Shami has revealed that his focus is comparatively more on the Tests.
While chatting with BCCI.tv, he said, "My focus areas has been the red ball and I am working on my lengths and seam movement. I have always felt that once you start pitching the ball at the lengths you desire, you can succeed in different formats. What you need is control."
He also spoke about the importance of putting in hardwork in the nets as it reflects in your overall performance. He also mentioned how the lengths vary from format to format and how a good bowl in red-ball cricket could be thrashed in Tests.
Shami once in a phase where a knee injury could've ended his career in the sport. However, he made a strong return in the national team, playing 27 out of 30 tests since July 2017.
He also spoke about how a healthy competition in the squad should not be mistaken for a rivalry. Shami was asked about his preparations for this year's IPL too where the pacer admitted that he was rusty at the beginning but continuous training at his farm during the lockdown helped him get back his rhythm and pace.
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