Mohammad Shami confident of returning for South Africa series
He has been India’s best pacer in the limited overs circuit since the last couple of years, and in his absence, the Indians struggled with the ball in Bangladesh. Mohammed Shami has been an extremely vital cog in the scheme of things of the Indian team. His ODI numbers are simply jaw dropping while his stats in Test cricket are not too bad either.
Shami was ruled out of all forms of cricket post the World Cup, as he got his knee operated. His recovery might have taken a lot of time, but the good news is that it has been steady. As per Shami himself, he is likely to be back for the home series against South Africa. That should massively boost India’s chances of excelling against the South Africans.
“It will take about 30 to 45 more days before I can bowl at my full pace and strength. But I don’t want to hurry into anything because I still have time on my hand before the South Africa series starts. I am confident that I will be fit in time for that series. My target is to make a comeback in that series,” Shami said in a chat with BCCI official website.
“The surgery happened in Mumbai and I was told I will not be able to walk for a month. I was completely bed-ridden. Even when I had to go to the bathroom, someone had to take me there because I couldn’t put the foot on the ground. That was a very tough time for me. As a sports person, it is very difficult to sit at one place. It is not easy to accept that your body is not capable of simple movements. This was my first major injury and that one month was the most difficult period of my career so far,” Shami said.
Shami also discussed his plans about preparing himself for the fitness hurdles. “I am doing mild physical activities now. I have started to run a bit and my confidence is getting higher gradually. I have also started to bowl a bit – not off my full run-up but from a couple of paces. Just to get that feel of delivering the cricket ball again, rolling my arm, feels good. I am bowling two-three overs at a stretch currently just to get the feel of my line, length and release. I can also lift light weights now and we are gradually increasing the intensity,” said Shami.
“I will spend 15 days here in Chennai and then go to Bangalore at the NCA, where I can start bowling in the nets and work on my bowling skills,” Shami said. “I want to be completely fit physically before I go for my first net session, even if it takes a week more. It will all depend on how much strength I get in the next 15 days,” concluded the Indian pacer.
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