Indian pacer Ishant Sharma missed majority of the day’s play after getting off the field due to an ankle injury. The 28 year old could only bowl one over on Day 4 of the fifth Tests and added further misery for Kohli and co. as the hosts went on to set a mammoth target of 464 with brilliant hundreds from Captain Root and a fairytale farewell of 147 runs from Alastair Cook.
Mohammed Shami admitted that India dearly missed Ishant Sharma’s service on Day 4.
"It's hard when you're a bowler short, and especially in these conditions when as a fast bowler you have to bowl. The load is greater. But it's not a big deal. It happens. Sometimes bowlers feel discomfort or in order to prevent injury you go off. It's fine. The understanding between us bowlers is good," he said.
Shami bowled impressively with his fine ability to reverse the ball, and was successful in scalping 16 wickets for India in the 5 Tests. The pacer believes watching videos of England pace duo – Anderson and Broad in action has assisted him to develop in English conditions.
"If you compare my performances on this tour with those in 2014, I have improved a lot. Overall, all of us have done well. I've learnt a lot, especially how to bowl away from home, how focused you need to be, Shami said.
"I've got to learn a lot. In 2014 when I came here, I wasn't that experienced. I wasn't mature either. This time, I watched videotapes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad's bowling. I saw what areas they bowled in, in these conditions. I've got to learn a lot," he added.
Shami was also unlucky on several occasions for not finding the outside edge of England batters, and had expressed his distraught last evening.
"Some things depend on luck too. When you bowl, your target is to bowl a good line and length. Whether you get a wicket or not depends on luck. Of course it is frustrating that I beat the bat many times and still didn't get a wicket. But it's okay. Whatever God gives me, I have to accept," Shami said.
"The saddest time is when as a bowler you work hard and don't succeed. The saddest time will be the first innings. I've never beaten the bat so many times in my life."
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