Mohammad Shami said if the Indian team returns victorious then he would like to dedicate the win to the frontline workers and doctors who have served selflessly in India’s battle against Covid-19 in recent times.
The Indian cricket team is gearing up for the upcoming tour of England which comprises the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, which starts on June 18, followed by a 5-match Test series against the host country England in August 2021. The players are out of the quarantine in Mumbai and will board the flight to the United Kingdom on June 2.
Mohammad Shami To Dedicate Win To Soldiers, Police Officials And Doctors If India Returns Victorious From England Tour
Before leaving for the much-awaited tour, seasoned India pacer Mohammad Shami spoke about the upcoming challenge in English conditions. The right-arm quick also said if the Indian team return victorious then he will dedicate the win to the frontline workers and doctors who have served selflessly in India’s battle against Covid-19 in recent times.
“When we play for the country, it doesn’t matter what the outcome is but we try to give our hundred percent. We put country first. Be it the batsmen or bowlers, we have been working as a unit over the last years. And I hope, we can continue the same work and the winning spree in the WTC final,” Shami told India News.
“As far as the England series is concerned, may we return victorious and I’ll dedicate the win to our soldiers, police officials and doctors who have served selflessly during the pandemic,” he added.
India pacer Mohammad Shami is one of the key players for India in the upcoming ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand starting on June 18. In the past few years, Mohammad Shami has redefined himself as a bowler and has formed a lethal combination with Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma.
Men in Blue now boast one of the most lethal fast-bowling units in world cricket. Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have taken the Indian pace battery to the next level.
Mohammad Shami: New Zealand Will Have Advantage Playing Tests Versus England Before WTC Final But None Of The Two Teams Will Have Home Advantage
The senior Indian pacer further said that there will be no home advantage for either India or New Zealand as both teams will square off against each other at a neutral venue.
“Definitely they will have the advantage as they have arrived early and will play a couple of Test matches against the hosts. But I feel, when two teams enter finals, they reach that point after showcasing their abilities. None of the teams will have the home advantage and I hope our playing XI must commit the least errors. Both India and New Zealand are top-class teams and neither of them would let go any chance. So, it’s important to utilise your time and skills precisely.”
“Hope, the bowling unit performs well. We have beaten Australia in Australia and then England at home. The boys are high on confidence and I hope, they continue the same in England,” said Shami.
Mohammad Shami picked 5 wickets in the Test tour to New Zealand in 2020 which was lost by India by a 2-0 margin. He was expected to do well in Australia but he got injured while batting suffering a hand fracture. He could bowl only 17 overs in the 1st innings and didn’t bowl in the 2nd innings. He went wicketless and missed the subsequent home series against England in 2021 too.
Despite the absence of Mohammad Shami and other key players due to injury, India bounced back in Australia winning Tests at Melbourne and Brisbane, eventually winning by a 2-1 margin. The rise of pacers Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and T Natarajan were key to India’s success as India fielded a team without any frontline bowlers in the 4th Test at Brisbane and won.