‘Youngsters showed in Australia that transition will be smooth when we retire’

New Delhi, Mar 31 (PTI): Senior India pacer Mohammad Shami says the performance of the team’s “net” bowlers in the historic triumph in Australia has shown that the transition will be smooth when the current attack walks into the sunset.
The pace quartet of Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav, arguably India’s best ever, has been instrumental in the team’s success overseas.
However, none of them were available when India breached fortress Gabba to win their second consecutive Test series Down Under.
Someone like a Mohammad Siraj became the leader of the attack in his debut series and injuries meant that net bowlers like Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan and Washington Sundar got unexpected opportunities which they grabbed with both hands.
“The youngsters will be ready to take over from us when our time (to retire comes). The more they play, the better they will get. I think the transition will be very smooth whenever we are done with the game,” Shami, who was ruled out of the series after the Adelaide Test due to a wrist injury, told PTI.
“The team won’t suffer even if one big name retires. The bench is ready. Experience is always required and the youngsters will have that in due time.
“The trend of carrying net bowlers in the bubble environment has helped them massively and given them valuable exposure,” he added.
Barring Kartik Tyagi, all the bowlers who were part of India’s jumbo squad in Australia got to play in extraordinary circumstances with Shami, Bumrah, and Umesh getting injured during the series and Ishant not being around.
Asked what impressed him the most about the likes of Siraj and Thakur, Shami said: Whoever comes in has an open mind, talks frankly and is supremely confident. They are ready to bowl with the new ball or old ball. The way they performed in Australia shows their character.
“Beating Australia in Australia once is a very big achievement, we were able to do it twice, that too with no senior bowlers around. It has shown we can rely on the youngsters.”
Shami said the success of the current group boils down to the joy they share in each other’s success.

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