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  • 16 Jul
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    with their sixth straight win. On Friday evening, Mohammed Shami took his first
    Test wicket in a year, six months, and 13 days. If any wicket is worth that long
    a wait, one necessitated by injury, surgery, and 40 days on crutches, this was
    probably it.The seam was bolt upright as the ball left Shamis hand, with no hint
    of wobble, and the impact of seam on turf caused the ball to move away from
    Rajendra Chandrika. It pitched just short of a good length, not too far from off
    stump, climbed a few inches more than Chandrika possibly expected, and drew an
    instinctive jab. Outside edge taken, chance accepted, and West Indies, replying
    to Indias 566 for 8 declared, were 29 for 1.It was a beautiful delivery, from a
    bowler fully capable of bowling them, but perhaps few had really expected him to
    produce that particular kind of delivery.Before this Test, 48.94% of Shamis Test
    wickets were either bowled or leg before, and only 31.91% caught behind or in
    the slip cordon. Those numbers reflected the skills he was primarily known for:
    pace, a fullish, attacking length, and an ability to reverse the ball. He
    possessed a sharp bouncer too, but did not necessarily generate steep bounce
    from a good length or just short of it.He often got wickets for the opposite
    reason, with balls that skidded on, losing very little pace off the pitch,
    reaching the batsman quicker than expected, perhaps even a shade lower than
    expected, and punishing them for camping in the crease.Marlon Samuels knew all
    about this. Shami, on Test debut, had dismissed him twice with deliveries
    skidding through from that perfect length, the shortest possible length he could
    land on while still hitting the stumps. Samuels was caught on the crease both
    times, bowled for 65 in the first innings and lbw for 4 in the second.On
    Saturday, two-and-a-half years later, Samuels faced Shami again. He seemed to be
    reminding himself of those dismissals, and seemed to be a man fighting his
    muscle memory, a man of sluggish footwork telling himself to press forward. The
    result of that internal struggle was a sort of crouching shuffle across the
    crease, and Shami wrong-footed him twice with bouncers. Samuels got under both
    of them, hunching awkwardly low.Shamis 16th ball to Samuels landed on the
    fullish side of a good length, in the corridor. Samuels shuffled across once
    more, leaning forward, and aimed for a push into the covers. All he managed was
    a thin edge. It settled snugly in Wriddhiman Sahas gloves, and Shami had become
    the joint-quickest Indian fast bowler to 50 Test wickets.Once again there was
    movement, and once again a bit of extra bounce. The ball had brushed the edge of
    Samuels bat close to its shoulder. In between the Chandrika and Samuels
    dismissals, Shami had dismissed Darren Bravo with a not dissimilar delivery,
    though shorter. Three balls after sending back Samuels, he got Jermaine
    Blackwood to fend another awkwardly lifting ball to gully.Four wickets, all of
    them the result of extra bounce. This was new, and unexpected. It caused you to
    watch every step of his action just that little closer. Once you did that, there
    was one obvious change from the Shami of old. In his first couple of years of
    international cricket, Shami had an idiosyncratiic run to the crease, a gallop
    of unusually long strides.dddddddddddd A number of experts had suggested this
    could cause a loss of stability when he reached the crease, and had ascribed
    this as a reason for his tendency to bowl loose balls. Around the time of the
    2015 World Cup, Shami had said he was making an effort to shorten his running
    strides, and had credited Shoaib Akhtar with giving him the suggestion.Now,
    making his Test comeback at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Shami was sprinting
    in with noticeably shorter strides. The question still remained: did this have
    any connection with the bounce he was generating?Pondering it, Ian Bishop, the
    former West Indies fast bowler, suggested the bounce might have had less to do
    with shorter running strides than with a possible knock-on effect: a shorter
    delivery stride. This, he said, would give the bowler a higher point of release,
    and, as a consequence, the possibility of extra bounce. He took the example of
    Shannon Gabriel, who had troubled India with steep lift during their first
    innings.Before he suffered the ankle injury that cut short his 2015-16 Australia
    tour, Gabriels delivery stride, Bishop said, had grown progressively longer
    without him quite realising it, causing him to lose height at the crease.In the
    months following his recovery, Gabriel had worked hard to correct this. It wasnt
    easy to tell if Shami had also, by design or as a byproduct of his reduced
    running stride, shortened his delivery stride, but Bishop felt he was achieving
    good height at release. What also pleased him was Shamis alignment at the
    crease, his feet lined up to point him precisely where he wanted to bowl.It told
    in his line. On a pitch where bounce often seemed to be the fast bowlers only
    friend, Ishant Sharma may have been expected to provide the main threat, but
    while he did achieve steep lift, his line wasnt as close to off stump as Shamis.
    He did not make the batsmen play as often, and did not, as a result, force as
    many errors.As the rest of West Indies top order crumbled around him, Kraigg
    Brathwaite waged lonely resistance, his method simple and effective. Blessed
    with excellent judgment of line, he ignored as many deliveries as he could
    outside off stump, and waited patiently for straighter balls he could work into
    the leg side. Forty-eight of his 74 runs came in that direction. The cover drive
    barely made an appearance. Most of his off-side runs came square or behind
    square, when the bowlers dropped short.In all, Brathwaite left 53 balls. But he
    didnt leave with equal ease against all of Indias bowlers. He left 31 of the 67
    balls he faced from Ishant, 13 out of 45 from Umesh Yadav, and only 6 out of 31
    from Shami. He passed Shamis fourth-stump examination, but four of his
    team-mates didnt.This, in short, was high-class Test bowling: pace, movement,
    and that new-found bounce, all allied to an excellent length and a line that
    forced the batsmen to play, or think about playing. A better batting side may
    have made fewer mistakes, but Shami was still asking the right questions, over
    and over. ' ' '