Mirpur: Former Pakistan tearaway fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's suggestion for India rising pace sensation Mohammed Shami is to "work on his run-up" as he feels the talented speedster "has the potential to serve Indian cricket for a long, long time". (Click here for latest on ICC World Twenty20)
"Whatever I have seen, Mohammed Shami is the best fast bowler that India have at the moment. He is talented and should be nurtured with a lot of care. But I think he has one basic technical flaw in his bowling. His run-up to the crease is not very smooth and he needs to work on that aspect in order to get better in the coming days," Akhtar told PTI during an exclusive interaction here on Monday.
Asked to elaborate on what he meant about run-up problem, Akhtar said, "I think his run-up is not a measured and consistent one. It looks at times that he is labouring to the crease. That should not be the case. They should have a smooth action because that will help to generate a lot of pace on a consistent basis. Shami, I believe will serve Indian cricket for a long time, if he can work on that aspect."