Mohammad Shami has undoubtedly been India’s best pacer since 2013. Shami has time and again performed out of his skin for India and his staggering numbers speak for themselves. The Bengal pacer is also in the contention to race to the 100 ODI wickets barrier in the least number of games. Shami currently has 87 wickets from just 47 ODI’s.
However, a knee injury and the surgery which followed ahead after the 2015 World Cup ruled him out for a really long time. After nearly spending 9 months out of competitive cricket, Shami is back in the Indian squad.
He recently opened up about his injury in a conversation and looked back on the time when he was out of international cricket. ”When injury happened the doctors prohibited me from getting up from bed for two months. That was the toughest time for me. I was allowed to walk only up to the bathroom,” Shami said.
“I could not play, which was also tough. When the team went for Bangladesh, I had gone to meet them and at that time I felt like I was back in this world. That time again was the toughest,” he added. “After that when I started associating with cricket running, in rehab and meeting doctors – then I felt good. When the team members were in Bengaluru and Kolkata I got associated with my world again.
I feel the time after injury is the worst for any player and you have to be mentally strong to be prepared for this,” he said.
“Injury is an irritating thing and I hope next time this injury does not come in my life again,” he said. “Playing in the Vijay Hazare and Mushtaq Ali trophies was important for me to get back into rhythm. I was keen to play four-five matches before the tour,” he concluded.