IND vs AUS 2020-21 series: Indian cricket team threatening pacer Mohammed Shami is in the "right zone" after his impressive performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), allowing him to prepare for the upcoming much-awaited Test series against Australia "without any pressure". Shami had his best IPL season as his 20 wickets for Kings XI Punjab, including a spectacular defense of five runs against the ruthless Mumbai Indians' two most explosive batsmen (Rohit Sharma and de Kock), was one of the highlights of the tournament.
Mohammad Shami says in a statement to BCCI that My IPL performance in IPL has given me a lot of confidence and put me in the right zone. Shami made makes that clear that the Test match series is the main priority for him on this tour as he is trying to improve his all-around skills during the training session over the last week in contraction with the batsmen like KL Rahul, Rahane, and the dominant Pujara, who will be preparing themselves on such bouncy pitches during practice sessions in Sydney.
Love test cricket practice sessions ❤️💙 pic.twitter.com/XPNad3YapF— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 17, 2020
The veteran pacer said that the diverse skill sets make for a very potent attack like the one India has with him in the likes of menacing Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, and Umesh Yadav who have all the abilities for picking up wickets on regular intervals which makes Team India a well-balanced side. The rivalries between the Indian bowlers and the Aussie batsmen in the upcoming series will be the key to watch, starting on November 27.
"My performances for KXIP in IPL has given me a lot of confidence and put me in the right zone," Shami told BCCI.TV on Saturday. An artist with the red ball, Shami feels that a good IPL has taken off the burden from him.
"India has quality batsmen and we bowl at them in the nets. We don't look at names, we focus on our skills. You can be a world-class batsman, but one good ball will still get you out," Shami said.
"Our fast bowling group can bowl at 140 kph plus and you need that kind of pace in Australia. Even our reserves are quick, you don't get to see that kind of an attack."
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli and Co undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine in Sydney. Here are the full details of India's upcoming series in ODIs, T20Is, and Tests as given below.
The Indian cricket team will be scheduled to play three T20s, three ODIs, and four Tests in Australia.
The first two ODIs are set to be held on November 27 and 29 at the Sydney Cricket Ground before the final game of the series in Canberra's Manuka Oval. After that, the Test series will be scheduled to begin with the famous Pink-ball Test in Adelaide on December 17.