Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami had some harsh words for a journalist, who asked him about India’s chances in the upcoming ODI World Cup. Shami was talking at the press conference after Team India’s eight-wicket win over New Zealand in Raipur which helped the Men in Blue seal the three-game ODI series 2-0.
The West Bengal speedster had a brilliant performance in the fixture as he picked up three wickets in six overs while giving away just 18 runs. This effort helped India bundle out the Kiwis for a score of 108 in 34 overs. After the game, Shami was asked about India's World Cup preparations.
The Gujarat Titans star wasn’t happy with the question as he said, "Dekhiye, mujhe nahi lagta logo ko abhi tak doubt hai Indian team ke upar. Aapko itne acche results diye hai 4-6 saalo mei. Agar uske badh bhi aapko doubt hai, World Cup ke liye bahut lamba time hai. Toh humare pass bahut series hai, practice karne ke liye, match khelne ke liye. Aur players ko jaan ne ko liye. Toh abhi humare pass time hai toh behetar hoga ki hum match-to-match jaaye.
(Translation: See, I don't think people have doubts over the Indian team. We have been giving good results in past 4-6 years. If still have any doubts, we have a lot of time left for the World Cup. We have many series for match practice. We have more time to know players. We have time so it's better to take it match-to-match.)".
Shami, in the press conference, was also asked about his role in this young Indian team. The fast bowler stated that his role hasn’t been any different from what he has been used to since making his debut for India. He said, “I always prefer playing matches over the practice. It is always better to play the maximum number of games to get ready for a big event. Load is being managed and it is being managed properly. I just hope the main players stay in a good zone (pre-World Cup).”