St. Lucia: Playing with five specialist bowlers did not yield a win for India in the second Test but pacer Mohammad Shami has endorsed his captain Virat Kohli’s theory, saying it makes the bowlers more productive.
India finally hit the nets at the Darren Sammy Stadium here on Sunday, after a three-day gap since the end of the second Test on Wednesday. Thereafter, Shami stressed on the importance of a five-bowler attack and the need to focus on taking lower-order wickets, after West Indies stole a sensational draw in Jamaica. The third Test begins on Tuesday.
“As a fast bowler you get more time and rest because that is important,” said Shami yesterday.
“You bowl 4-5 overs in a spell, and then, when you have five bowlers, you get 8-10 more overs to get rest. So the rhythm is better on return and you are able to make more effort. It is a very big plus-point that we have two good spinners and three fast bowlers playing in the eleven. This is a good combination and we want to keep it going,” said Shami. India failed to take six wicket on day five in Jamaica after reducing the West Indies to 48 for four on the penultimate day. Shami defended the bowling effort.