Australian fast-bowler Nathan Coulter-tile has heaped praise on Indian pacer Mohammed Shami after the first ODI in Hyderabad on Saturday.
Shami returned with figures of 2/44 from his ten overs, helping India take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
“Excellent bowler. He is a fantastic bowler. He is quality everywhere,” Coulter-Nile said of Shami. “At the back-end, he was really hard to get away, changed up well, nailed all his yorkers, didn’t give me anything to hit.”
Coulter-Nile is also very impressed with Aaron Finch’s captaincy and says the lack of runs has not affected his leadership.
Finch has not been in good form even during the Australian summer and it has been continuing against India so far.
“I’ve been really impressed with Finch. He actually hasn’t been grumpy or angry or let anything overflow into the captaincy or around the boys. He’s not been scoring the runs he wants to but he’s been an absolute legend around the boys, Coulter-Nile said of Finch.
Finch was put on the hot seat after Steve Smith and David Warner were suspended on charges of ball tampering in South Africa.
Speaking about the first ODI, that Australia lost by six wickets, Coulter-Nile feels that they scored 20-30 runs short.
“It was a close game. May be, we were 20-30 runs short. Again, a couple of half-chances we didn’t take. I thought we bowled pretty well. It was a tough wicket. It would’ve been nice having a set batsman going into the last 10 overs, but all in all just down a little bit in all areas.”
Asked why batting was tough on this track, Coulter-Nile explained: “I found it really hard, actually. I only batted for 10 overs. Kuldeep was spinning it quite big and the quicks weren’t really coming on to the bat.
“Obviously I wasn’t set, but I thought it might have been a little bit slower and turned a bit more for us at the back end there. There was a bit of up and down there. All in all, it was probably a 250 wicket.”
Coulter-Nile disagreed that the momentum that they had after winning the T20I series has shifted after one match.
“Obviously, they are 1-0 up in this series so they’ve got the upper hand. But I think it was a closely-fought game. We played well, they played better in the end but the two teams were close and the next four games will be even tighter I think,” he said.