Virat Kohli behaves as if he’s our childhood friend: Mohammed Shami opens up on camaraderie with skipper& |  Photo Credit: IANS
- Pacer Mohammed Shami has opened up about his camaraderie with skipper Virat Kohli
- Mohammed Shami was recently named in the Indian squad for the ICC World Test Championship final
- Virat Kohli-led Team India will play New Zealand in the final of the Test Championship next month
Team India speed merchant Mohammed Shami has revealed what it feels like to spearhead the fast bowling attack of the Asian giants under the leadership of skipper Virat Kohli. Known for shattering a plethora of batting records, Kohli is also one of the most successful captains in the longest and oldest format of the gentlemen’s game. Shami, who has become the face of Indian pace attack across all formats under Kohli’s leadership has opened up about his camaraderie with the Indian skipper.
The Indian speed merchant has explained how Kohli’s captaincy style has paved the way for Team India bowlers to raise their stocks in the international arena. Shami, who has played 50 Test matches for the Asian giants, praised Kohli for being supportive and giving freedom to the Indian bowlers. Both Kohli and Shami are tipped to feature in the star-studded lineup of Team India for the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand next month.
Speaking ahead of the summit clash against Kane Williamson’s New Zealand, Shami spoke at length about Kohli’s down-to-earth nature and his tactical acumen as the leader of the Team India side. In an interview with veteran journalist Harsha Bhogle, Shami said that Kohli has always supported his bowlers whenever he has led the Team India side in his iconic career.
“It is also indeed a phase which you can maybe attribute to the luck of this Indian team or hard work. But Virat has always been supportive of his fast bowlers while also giving us freedom on the ground. He only jumps in when our plans fail, otherwise, we’re free as a bowling unit to do as we please. He has always been very supportive,” Shami told Cricbuzz.
“As far as our fast-bowling unit or I am concerned as an individual, he has never put any undue pressure on any of us. Usually, there’s a doubt in a bowler’s mind before he approaches his captain. That has never been the case with Virat. He has no air about himself. He jokes around with us, behaves as if he’s our childhood friend,” Shami added.
Kohli has won 36 out of 60 matches he has led Team India in the longest format of the game. Under Kohli, Team India has a 60% win percentage in Test cricket. Kohli’s teammate Shami has recently returned to the Test squad along with star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for the World Test Championship final against the Black Caps, which will take place in Southampton next month. Kohli-led Team India will play New Zealand at Southampton’s Rose Bowl Stadium from June 18, followed by a five-match Test series versus England in the United Kingdom.