Anil Kumble, head coach of Punjab Kings, the IPL franchise pacer Mohammed Shami is part of, has finally provided an update as to how the fast bowler is faring.
Ever since Mohammed Shami fractured his arm during the first Test against Australia in December of last year, there is yet to be an official confirmation about his recovery or fitness. It’s been over three months that Mohammed Shami was ruled out of the Indian team but so far nothing was announced as far as his recovery is concerned.
Anil Kumble: Mohammed Shami Is Fine And Will Play A Few Practice Games
However, Anil Kumble, head coach of Punjab Kings, the IPL franchise Mohammed Shami is a part of, has finally provided an update as to how the fast bowler is faring. Anil Kumble informed that Mohammed Shami is ‘good to go’ and that everyone in the franchise is looking forward to him playing the 14th edition of the IPL starting April 9.
“He is fine as far as I know. He is coming to the bio-bubble for the quarantine and he will be out in a few days. I know he hasn’t played any matches since his injury but he is good to go. We are really looking forward to him playing a few practice games and then getting ready for the first game,” Anil Kumble told Sportstar.
Mohammed Shami has revived his limited-overs career in recent months and was picked up by Kings XI Punjab for a hefty price tag of INR 4.8 crore. He has the skills to be effective both at the start of the innings and also in the death overs. He had a fine run in 2019 and finished the season as KXIP’s highest wicket-taker with 19 wickets from 14 games. He also picked 20 scalps in IPL 2020 held at UAE averaging 23 playing 14 games.
Anil Kumble: Punjab Kings Have A Squad Giving Options In Case Need Arises To Rotate Pacers
Having finished the previous season at 12 points from 14 matches, Punjab Kings went into the IPL 2021 auction with the fattest purse among all eight franchises, with a whopping ₹53.2 crore to spent. They ended up spending ₹14 crores on Australian pacer Jhye Richardson, while also acquiring the likes of Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, and Saurabh Kumar.
“I think in the smaller auctions, people tend to forget that the options are minimal. Every team wants to reinforce and fill the gaps and since the options are lesser, you tend to spend a lot more on the players. We wanted to have a squad that gives us options in case we want to rotate a few of our fast bowlers. Even our young Indian pacers are exciting. It is a fairly long tournament and the conditions will be pretty hot,” Anil Kumble added.
The former finalists of IPL 2014 have rebranded themselves as Punjab Kings as they are hopeful of a change in fortunes in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Punjab Kings(formerly KXIP) did not reach the play-offs in IPL 2020 despite staging a stunning comeback, winning 5 games on the trot after a poor start. The Punjab-based franchise has only reached the play-offs twice so far in the IPL. The Punjab franchise has never won IPL but was semi-finalists in 2008 and runners-up in 2014. Apart from the two occasions, they couldn’t reach playoffs in other editions. They were 6th in IPL 2020.
The Kings XI Punjab released as many as nine players as part of their retention exercise ahead of the auction. Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Krishnappa Gowtham, and Karun Nair are some of the cricketers they decided against retaining while they retained the likes of KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Ravi Bishnoi, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Jordan, and Mohammed Shami.