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Virat Kohli has no air about himself, talks and behaves as if he is our childhood friend: Mohammed Shami

Senior India pacer Mohammed Shami has said that India captain talks and behaves with his teammates as if he is their childhood friend. Shami also revealed how Kohli has helped the bowling-unit to grow in confidence and maturity.

India pacer Mohammed Shami with Virat Kohli (Courtesy- Instagram)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mohammed Shami said that Virat Kohli behaves with his teammates like a childhood friend
  • Kohli has always been supportive of his bowlers and have given freedom on the ground: Shami
  • Sometimes we say few things to each other but we don’t mind it: Shami

India pacer Mohammed Shami has praised his captain Virat Kohli and revealed that the 32-year-old is down-to-earth and has no air about himself. The 30-year-old who is set to travel with the Indian squad for World Test Championship (WTC) final and England Tests, has revealed that Kohli talks and behaves with his teammates as if he is their childhood friend.

Shami, who has 180 wickets from 50 Tests, added that the Kohli’s leadership has played a massive role in making the Indian bowling-unit mature and confident in the recent few years. The Uttar Pradesh-born pacer has explained the modus operandi of Kohli with the bowlers on the filed.

“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 not air about himself. He jokes around with us, behaves as if he’s our childhood friend. He becomes funny also on the ground sometimes.

“On few occasions we get aggressive too and we say few things to each other but we never mind that. That’s all in the moment, everyone is working hard for the country and it’s a really good thing — “If I am doing something wrong come and tell me I will accept’. He asks us about our plan. This has made us mature and confident,” Shami added.

Notably, the Indian pace-unit consisting of Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Tahkur and Mohammed Siraj has become one of the most feared in world cricket under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. The Asian side has now won Test series in Australia twice in a row. The bowlers have done well in South Africa, New Zealand and England as well.

In case India win the WTC final and then seals a Test series win against hosts England, the team’s and will as pace attacks stature in world cricket will grow further. Fans and experts are already excited to see the Indian bowlers with the Dukes in their hand. India last won a Test series in England in 2007

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