Shami explains the reason for aggressive batting in Nagpur Test: ‘ego was hurt’


During the first Test against Australia in Nagpur, Shami, and Axar Patel had a 52-run stand for the ninth wicket.

In their conversation, Shami disclosed the reason behind ignoring Patel’s advice and taking on the spinners. Specifically, Shami revealed that his ego was hurt, prompting him to adopt a more aggressive batting approach. Despite this, the pair’s partnership was vital in helping India secure a 223-run lead in the first innings.

Shami has hit more sixes in tests than Kohli

In their little interview, Axar questioned:

“Aaj hamare sath nagpur se aaye Mr Lala, itna confidence se aaye, kya soch rhe the (Today we have Mr Lala from Nagpur, what were you thinking?)”

Shami replied:

“Kuch nhi yaar, aap vahan batting kar rhe toh mera ek hi role tha ki jitni der ho sake vahan rukho. Patience dikhaye but nhi ho rha tha (Nothing, you were batting, my role was to stay as long as possible and show patience but I could not).”

Axar Patel batted brilliantly and made 84 runs from 174 balls. Before the break, Pat Cummins got him out with a slow off-cutter. While this was happening, Mohammed Shami was also batting well. He hit the spinners hard and scored 37 runs from 47 deliveries.

“Mein aapko bole jaa rhu thande ho jao, ice rakh ko, mein jab bola ice rakh lo aapna chakka maara, mein fir bola ice rakh lo aapne chakka maara (I kept telling you to calm down. I told you to show patience, you hit a six. I again told you the same thing, and you again hit a six),”

Axar asked.

To which Shami replied:

“Ego hurt ho gya tha.(Ego was hurt!)”

India went on to win the match by an inning and 132 runs. The second Test of the four-match series will start on Friday.

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