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‘Look at James Anderson..’: Aussie legend has advise for ‘older’ Mohammed Shami

‘Look at James Anderson..’: Aussie legend has advise for ‘older’ Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami had picked up an ankle injury in the World Cup 2023 semis against New Zealand, and underwent a surgery recently, for the same.

The Indian pace bowling attack is something that the world fears. The trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj are the permanent members of this era’s pace battery, and still have a lot to offer to the Indian team. And so things legendary former fast bowler, Glenn McGrath.

One of the best fast bowlers to ever play the game, McGrath was quoted as saying by PTI, “We have to wait and see the next generation coming through. (Jasprit) Bumrah has still got a bit to go, (Mohammed) Shami is a little older, and (Mohammed) Siraj has been around for a little while but still has plenty left. So, the (current Indian) bowling attack has still some life left.”

“They are exceptional and have done the job for a long time. Shami has been absolutely brilliant as to what he can do with the ball, his control, attitude and the way he adapts are absolutely amazing. You have Siraj, who has done well. You also have Bumrah in the mix, along with the other guys. So, they are indeed in a great position,” he added.

Guru Mantra to Injured Shami

Shami has been injured over the last few months, ever since the World Cup 2023, and is going to miss the IPL, as well as the T20 World Cup. At 33, McGrath feels, the biggest challenge for him is to stay fit. But Shami has the example of James Anderson, who is bowling well at the international level still in his 40s and reached the 700 wickets milestone.

“It’s tough, but the one thing that bowlers like him (Shami) possess is experience. He’s been around for a long time and is an exceptional bowler,” said McGrath.

“But, as you get older, you still need motivation to train hard, prepare and get out there and perform. Look at someone like James Anderson, who is 41, taking 700 Test wickets and still bowling well. So, you can still be at the top of your game. But as you get older, being a fast bowler it is tough on the body, and it can certainly have an impact in the longer run,” he added.

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