Mohammed Shami starts South Africa Test series as India's best bowler: Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly says Mohd Shami has the best ingredients of right seam position, length and pace to be successful in South Africa, ahead of Zaheer Khan, who has previously done well in the Rainbow Nation.

updated: December 18, 2013 02:26 IST
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Kolkata: Former captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday rated Mohammed Shami ahead of the experienced Zaheer Khan as he said the young pacer would be India's "best" as they begin a tough two-match Test series against South Africa in Johannesburg on Wednesday. (Read: Indian batsmen will face a tough task, says Graeme Smith)

"I've seen Zaheer, Srinath in top form... But there are very few bowlers like Shami to have such a right mix of the seam position, the length and pace. I feel Shami will start the series as our best bowler even ahead of Zaheer Khan," Ganguly said here. (Read: Time to move on from Sachin era, says MS Dhoni)

"His seam position, length has been fantastic. It's a completely different Shami," Ganguly said of the Bengal pacer who took nine wickets in his debut Test vs the West Indies in Kolkata, in Sachin Tendulkar's farewell series. (Read: India should play an extra batsman, says Sunil Gavaskar)

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