ICC World Cup 2015: Shami Ahmed credits Shoaib Akhtar For helping him

Crediting Shoaib Akhtar for bringing back rhythm in his bowling, India pacer Mohammad Shami has said the former Pakistan speedster’s advise to shorten the run-up helped him increase his pace.

“The recent change in the run-up has surely increased my pace. So I am continuing with it and hoping that it pays dividends. I did have a chat with Shoaib (Akhtar) bhai and he suggested that I should reduce my big strides. So, I shortened my stride and it has worked. It (the new run-up) is smooth and comfortable and it has also increased my pace,” Shami said in a post-match chat on Star Sports.

Shami, who returned to action against the West Indies after missing a game with a niggle, bagged three wickets at the Waca to help Pool B toppers India register their fourth straight win and book a quarter-final berth.

With the Men in Blue now in New Zealand for their final two games of the league, Shami is keen to carry on the good work without making any more changes to his action.

“I don’t want to change much in my action. And most of the ex-players have advised me against making any major changes to my action. It is always a double edged sword, to change one’s action. It can work for you or go against you. I don’t want go through this confusion and I am satisfied with the little change that I have made to my run-up,” said the Bengal medium-pacer.

“I am very happy with how things have panned out and will just focus on my line and length and would like to continue my good work,” he added.

Shami — India’s leading wicket taker in the World Cup so far with nine scalps in three games — said that after playing on different pitches around the world, he loved the Perth experience.

“I have enjoyed bowling in Perth because I was getting the bounce and carry. Wherever I have gone, I have found flat wickets. I had heard a lot about Australian wickets, but did not see them in the Test matches but now I see that in Perth,” said the 24-year-old bowler.

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