I Am All Ready For The World Cup – Mohammed Shami
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami is currently in a dream form with the ball in hand. Recently, he has claimed that he is ready for the upcoming World Cup test.
After a high performance in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, Mohammed Shami faced long fitness issues. Despite finishing as the second most wicket-taker (17 wickets) for India in that World Cup, suddenly his international career fell into the massive uncertainty due to his constant fitness issues.
Moreover, when he just started to revive his international career, his personal life hit him more harshly through a marital separation. However, Mohammed Shami has once again battled strongly against that and guided his international career to the brighter side.
Speaking about those tough periods, Mohammed Shami revealed that he always remained positive to face those.
The 28-year-old recently told India Today, “Yes, it has been a very difficult period. I never run away from difficult circumstances. I face them bravely and always remain positive. As far as cricket is concerned, it took me nearly 18 months to recover from the knee injury and play for the country again. Not just physically, it is mentally very disturbing too. You have to be very strong to counter it. Patience is the key as the daily procedure, the recovery regime, the repetitive nature of the entire thing can irritate and depress anyone. It is difficult to sit out and watch the team playing matches without you. I will never forget that year and a half of my life after the last World Cup.”
Mohammed Shami credits the Indian dressing room
Mohammed Shami is now an essential pacer for the national team. In the last calendar year, he was India’s second highest wicket-taker in Test (47 wickets) and also India’s third highest wicket-taker in international cricket (50 wickets). He has continued this bowling performance this year too.
Just recently, the right-arm pacer became the fastest Indian to pick up 100 ODI wickets. He achieved this feat in 56 ODIs and broke Irfan Pathan’s record who had achieved this feat in 59 ODIs. Talking about that record, he has credited the Indian dressing room.
He said, “I am thankful to God that I have been able to make this record. There are many reasons behind it. Biggest is the unbelievably brilliant atmosphere in the dressing room, followed by the confidence that I have in ability right now and also the things that I continue to learn from our coaches. Everything has contributed and combined to take me to the another level. There are many minute things which bring in a lot of confidence and help us to get into the rhythm. For instance, not just on the ground, have a look at the way we (Indian players) treat each other off the field too. We enjoy every little thing. This helps a great deal.”
I am grateful that I have been very fit over the last seven, eight months
After some great performances in the Australia tour, Mohammed Shami won the Player of the Series award in the ODI series in the subsequent New Zealand tour. While India won that five-match ODI series by 4-1, the right-arm pacer picked up nine wickets in four matches.
He feels delighted for his consistent fitness in the last seven-eight months. Now, he is focusing on his game and ready for the upcoming World Cup.
Mohammed Shami said, “I am grateful that I have been very fit over the last seven, eight months. I want to continue focusing on my line and length. That is exactly what I did and the results are there for everyone to see. I am all ready for the World Cup. As you can see, I have lost weight too. I am trying to improve my fitness and focus on the game. I want to give my best.”
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