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As Mohammed Shami was brought into the attack during the New Zealand innings, the commentators had a long discussion on why the pacer doesn’t get wickets in England. His wrist position is good, he extracts surprising bounce from the wicket and can swing it too but despite all of that he had only taken 21 wickets at an average of 47.04.

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain jokingly commented on air that the numbers should be the other way around given how kind England is to pacers. So then they set up trying to figure whether Shami was doing anything wrong or whether he was just unlucky or unfortunate.

According to CricViz data, Shami induced the highest number of false shot chances – 272 – created by an Indian bowler in the 2018 India-England series. The figure was nearly 100 more than the next best bowler. So he was doing something right and plainly put, he should have got more wickets.

While the broadcasters did put out the false shot numbers, they didn’t talk about how the England batsmen went after Shami. The pacer’s economy-rate during the five Tests he played in the series was 3.60. For a Test series, that is alarmingly high. It also, to…

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Abdul Gh Lone