‘He’s like Malcolm Marshall’: Sunil Gavaskar hails Mohammad Shami, calls him ‘world’s best Test bowler’
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar has hailed pacer Mohammad Shami after he put on a brilliant performance to help India beat Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs in Indore on Saturday.
The batting legend even compared Shami to legendary West Indies pacer ‘Malcolm Marshall’ and said that he is the best Test bowler in the world currently.
“Shami has shown that if you keep that seam position up and if you get the ball to move around off the pitch, you will get wickets. If he is given the new ball, who knows India might start to get early wickets,” Gavaskar told official broadcasters at the end of match.
“Way back in 1983, despite having Andy Roberts and Michael Holding in the team, Clive Llyod gave the new ball to Malcolm Marshall and he picked 30 wickets because he had that ability,” he said.
“Mohammed Shami is like Malcolm Marshall is some sense. His delivery also comes at you like a missile. Same kind of late inward and outward movement. Very very difficult to negotiate,” he added.
Former Indian pacer Gautam Gambhi also heaped praises on Shami and said that he is going to be the leader of the attack.
“At the moment, colour doesn’t matter to him. Give him the yellow ball… give him the pink ball… he is going to be the leader of the attack. He probably is the best red-ball bowler in the world,” said Gambhir.
Shami on Saturday bowled a brilliant spell and took four wickets to help India win by an innings and 130 runs.
The 29-year-old has taken 51 wickets in 20 innings at an average of 17 in the past two years. He has the best strike rate of 32.2 among all the bowlers who have taken 25 or more wickets since November 2017 in the second innings of a Test.
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