Mohammad Shami, the India’s most successful bowler of the present World Cup 2015, credited the captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his resounding success as a bowler.
From the four matches he has played so far in the tournament, he has captured 12 wickets. He took 4 for 35 to become the wrecker-in-chief against Pakistan, and scalped two wickets for 30 runs in the match against South Africa. He was lethal one again against the West Indies claiming three wickets. He was rested for the match against the UAE, and was bang on target in the next match against Ireland in which he removed four Ireland batsmen from the middle.
Shami was all praise for Dhoni in a pre-match press conference on the eve of the India’s last match against Zimbabwe on Saturday at Eden Park, and expressed his happiness over Dhoni’s way of handling the team and him as a bowler. He added that he always felt free, and was never tense while playing under the captain Dhoni. Dhoni was a man who always pointed out his mistakes and advised him not to repeat them, Shami added. Elaborating further, the 25-year old speedster from Bengal told that his captain was always there to support him, and help him tide over any snag that might have crept in his performance. It was great, he said, to have the support of his captain even when he committed mistakes. He exclaimed with joy to say that he had the opportunity to make his international debut under Dhoni. He found the present environment lot more conducive than during his stint in domestic cricket. On being asked how he dealt with ups and downs in his career, he answered that he had had not experienced any bad patch so far, and hence, it was an irrelevant question in his case.