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Mohammad Shami unlikely to be fit in time for Sri Lanka series

Mohammed Shami has been India’s best pacer since the last couple of years. The Bengal seamer has always been among the wickets for India and at times, only he has looked like threatening the batsmen. He had a fantastic 2015 World Cup as he ended the tournament as the fourth highest wicket taker.

However, an injury sustained during the World Cup meant that he couldn’t play the clash against UAE at Perth. Shami though, carried on playing despite nursing his injury. That further aggravated his knee injury which ruled him out of the IPL. The damaged knee needed a surgery and the pacer got his knee operated in Delhi during the IPL. The good news for Indian fans is that Shami has taken the basic steps to mark his return to competitive cricket. The seamer is training at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

In an interview with TOI from Bangalore, Shami spoke about the extent of his injury. Even though he has begun training, he is unlikely to be fit in time for the Sri Lanka series. This means that Shami will mark his return to international cricket only during the home series against South Africa. His absence was dearly felt in Bangladesh, as the Indian bowling struggled.

“Yes, I have started my rehab a few days back at the NCA. I have started walking now and have been doing a few exercises as advised by my physio and the doctors. It is a long-drawn process before I can completely attain match fitness. I am just happy that I have taken the first step towards my recovery,” said Shami. “I am not going to rush my recovery. There’s a lot of pressure on the knees for a fast bowler. So I want to give the knee ample time to heal before making my comeback,” said the 25 year old pacer.

Shami also said that he will miss Dhoni’s presence in the dressing room of the test side. “It will be a bit strange not to find Dhoni bhai in the dressing room. We are so used to his presence all the time. But you cannot help certain things,” said Shami.

He also gave a diplomatic answer when asked about comparing the leadership styles of Dhoni and Kohli. “Both have their independent styles of leading the side and it’s very different.But what is common is that they give plenty of freedom to the bowlers,” said Shami.

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