Told Mohammed Shami his time would come, says Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar said he had told Mohammed Shami his time would come and that he needed to be on his toes despite not playing any of India’s first 4 matches in World Cup 2019.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was preferred over Mohammed Shami against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan while the game against New Zealand was washed out. It was during the Pakitan that Bhuvneshwar got injured and it became clear Shami would soon get a game.

Speaking to India Today, Tendulkar said he had had a chat with Shami and told him to be ready for a chance in the World Cup.

“I told him ‘tumhara time zyaada dur nai hai and tumhe chance milega baut jaldi (Your time will come and you will get your chance soon). I did not want Bhuvi to get injured but I told Shami ‘be on your toes.’

“Unfortunately Bhuvneshwar had that injury which allowed Shami to get on the turf. From ball 1, he was consistenly close to 90 miles per hour,” Tendulkar said.

Mohammed Shami became the 2nd Indian and 10th bowler overall to take a World Cup hat-trick. He bowled a great first spell before returning to close the door on Afghanistan with 3 wickets in 3 balls in the final over of the match.

Sachin Tendulkar also praised Virat Kohli’s captaincy and lauded him for keeping his cool. Tendulkar also said the fact that Afghanistan ran India so close was a wake-up call for the team but he added that such wake-up calls help.

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