Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey on Friday said that India should have opened the bowling with Mohammad Shami. He said that Shami tries to bring the batsmen forward and looks a lot more dangerous as compared to other bowlers after his introduction.
India on Friday gave the new ball to Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav in the first innings of Australia’s batting. The decision seemed to surprise many as Shami was expected to share the new ball with Bumrah.
Mohammed Shami eventually came into the bowl only in the 9th over of the match.
“I think India should have opened their bowling with Shami. It was a different game when India was bowling, they looked to pitch it up more and attack the stumps, and when he came on he was bringing the batsmen forward.
“He looked a lot more dangerous. If he had that new pink ball in his hands he would have had a good chance of picking up a wicket for India,” Michael Hussey said on Sony.
Six wickets fell in the first session of play on Day 2 and Hussey felt that it was due to the combination of both poor batting and the pitch getting difficult to bat on in Adelaide.
“It could be a combination of both. All the batsmen have said that it is a difficult pitch to get in on. There is a little bit variable bounce and it was a little bit slower on the first day. I think it was quickening up a little bit today,” Hussey said.
India Fought Back With The Bat: Michael Hussey
The Australian batsman further added that the Aussies bowlers were brilliant in the first innings. He also gave credit to Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane for fighting back against some top quality bowlers.
“But the bowling has been excellent, it really has. I think the Australians bowled beautifully yesterday, they made India work hard with their runs. India fought really back with the bat, particularly Kohli, Pujara and Rahane. But as I said the pitch has quickened up today and the wickets have fallen quickly. But it doesn’t look easy for batting,” he said.