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Why does Shami express concerns about Kotla strip?

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Debasis Sen, Delhi : Team India pacer Md Shami on Monday expressed his dissatisfaction about the track here in Kotla. According to the Bengal medium pacer, the pitches in Nagpur and Delhi have not been exactly what the team management wanted ahead of the South Africa tour.

"The kind of tracks we would have wanted to bowl on before going to South Africa haven't been provided. So it didn't go as per our plans. But it is a good thing that on these kind of pitches, you need to work even harder as a fast bowler. These tracks test your fitness as you get to bowl long spells," Shami said at the end of the third day's play.

The 28-year-old did not get the reverse swing expected of his bowling.

"The ball was holding onto the pitch. I didn't find any reverse. Because, the pace at which we (him and Ishant Sharma) bowl, had there been reverse, we would have finished their innings today itself."

There were four catches dropped off his bowling but Shami defended the fielders saying that one needs to move on.

"Fielders are not machines that they will grab anything that comes their way! Yes, you might get angry when a catch is dropped but as a unit, we are playing round the year for the country. It's part and parcel of the game, you have to ignore and move on."

With two days left and India batting tomorrow, Shami hopes that there are full chances of enforcing a victory.

"We have full hope that whatever remains in this match, we can force a result. We will put in effort till the last delivery and let's see what kind of condition we find in the next two days. We will work on it," he said.

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