Mohammed Shami says “Need big heart and strong mind to bluff batter” in IPL 2021. Mohammed Shami of Punjab Kings feels that bluffing a batter in T20Is. It can prove to be a significant weapon in the bowlers’ armory. If used smartly.
Mohammed foxed Eoin Morgan into playing a false stroke. Amid match number 45 of the IPL 2021 in Dubai. Within the 16th over of KKR’s innings, Shami set an overwhelmingly off-side field. Moreover, welcomed the captain to abuse the empty region on the on-side.
Eoin Morgan took the bait and moved to the offside. Also, to flick a delivery behind square. However, put in an overpitched delivery around leg stump that ended up hitting Morgan right in front of the stumps. Moreover, the KKR captain’s woeful run with the bat thus continued. He was back in the hut for 2. Following Punjab Kings’ five-wicket victory in the match.
Mohammed Shami and Mayank Agarwal were engaged in a conversation over the game. During the discussion, Agarwal asked Shami to complicated how he planned Morgan’s wicket.
“In T20s, you need to have a big heart and a strong mind to bluff the batter. And I feel it is a very successful tactic. What happens is that the batsman starts thinking differently, like ‘there is a gap over there and I can hit the ball there’ (which is what happened in Morgan’s case). Bowlers should bluff sometimes,” Shami said.
Lastly, although Shami goes for a few against Mumbai Indians. He came back well against Kolkata. Mohammed was great at the death and admit only seven runs.
“I try to keep my plans simple. On some grounds, the boundary is bigger on one side as compared to the other. The thought process is that it is better to bowl a full toss than a half-volley at the death. That way your chances of being hit for a six are reduced. I give the same advice to the juniors in the team as well. In my mind, I am clear that I have to mix things up and play it smartly.” Shami said.