"Whatever I have seen, Mohammed Shami is the best fast bowler that India has at the moment. He is talented and should be nurtured with a lot of care. But I think he has one basic technical flaw in his bowling. His run-up to the crease is not very smooth and he needs to work on that aspect in order to get better in the coming days," Akhtar said on Monday.
     
When asked to elaborate on what he meant about run-up problem, Akhtar said, "I think his run-up is not a measured and consistent one. It looks at times that he is labouring to the crease. That should not be the case. They should have a smooth action because that will help to generate a lot of pace on a consistent basis. Shami, I believe will serve Indian cricket for a long time, if he can work on that aspect."
     
Someone, who never believed in cutting down on pace despite several injuries during his more than a decade long career, Akhtar has one advice for the budding pacers.
     
"Do everything required but never cut down on pace. Look pace is the key for any fast bowler. I am not saying that you shouldn't concentrate on maintaining a good line and length but you can always work around those areas keeping the pace intact," Akhtar said.

(Agencies)

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