Exactly, after a span of eight months and sixteen days Mohammed Shami is all set to return to 22 yards with his deadly Yorkers and suddenly launched short-pitched bouncers in Bengal’s crucial Vijay Hazare Trophy tie against Uttar Pradesh in Rajkot. The rookie fast bowler from Bengal had participated in a competitive match last in the World Cup semifinal in Sydney. The bowler who had bowled for around an hour session at the nets on Saturday said over.
The rookie fast bowler from Bengal had participated in a competitive match last in the World Cup semifinal in Sydney. The bowler who had bowled for around an hour session at the nets on Saturday said over phone from Rajkot, “I am mentally ready to resume my career in the competitive cricket. It was too painful in last eight months with grueling recovery phase and trying to keep up mental strength. But I have been able to carry on with the spirit. That is why I have been able to go through a rigorous rehab program. In between these eight months I have only thought that I must have to make a comeback. And now the time has come.”
The 25-year old pacer, however, felt that Sunday’s match against Uttar Pradesh is going to be very tough one for them as Uttar Pradesh team has been strengthened with the last moment inclusion of current Indian medium pacer Bhubneshwar Kumar and also Suresh Raina who seems determined to make comeback in the national squad through his performance in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Shami said, “There are a lot of international engagements in the coming days. So, now I do not want to look back. I must have to perform to get into the national team again.”
Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwari, however, is satisfied with the intensification of his bowling after Shami has been included. He said, “Shami last played for Bengal in 2013. And I can recall that Ashok Dinda and Sami destroyed Tamil Nadu at the Eden Gardens in a Ranji Trophy match. I am expecting the repetition of the same scenario on the field in this match.”