Shami became the fastest Indian to reach 100-wicket mark in ODI cricket. He took 56 games to achieve the feat.
Skipper Virat Kohli was lavish in his praise for pacer Mohammed Shami, the fastest Indian to 100 ODI wickets, said the injury-prone bowler is at his best in terms of fitness right now on Wednesday.
Shami, who delivered a man of the match-winning haul of 3/19 in the first ODI against New Zealand here, failed the ‘Yo-Yo’ fitness test last year and was also bogged down by some personal issues.
But putting all those troubles behind him, Shami reached the 100-wicket mark in his 56th game. On Wednesday, he dismissed openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro in the six overs he bowled.
“The fast bowling group together believes they can knock any side over. And the belief in his (Shami) own ability and his fitness – this is the fittest I’ve seen him in his career. And his Test form has translated into one-day cricket,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
Besides his injury woes, the 27-year-old Shami was troubled by allegations of domestic violence by his wife last year. He failed the ‘Yo-Yo’ fitness test ahead of the one-off Test against Afghanistan in June last year.
A ‘Yo-Yo’ test requires a player to sprint between two cones that are set 20 metres apart to the sound of a beep and is considered a reliable measure of an athlete’s endurance and stamina.
Shami’s comeback started in Australia, where he picked up 16 wickets in the Test series.
Speaking about India’s eight-wicket win here Wednesday, Kohli said he was pleased with the all-round effort.
“It was one of our more balanced performances in the last few games. When I lost the toss, I thought it was going to be 300 par. 150-odd on that wicket was superb,” Kohli said.
Source: India Tv