India’s fast bowler Mohammed Shami feels the 2015 knee injury was the nadir point of his career. A huge injury like that is capable of completely destroying a fast bowler’s career but Shami was determined to make a comeback after his injury. In fact, he recently had revealed that he had played the whole 2015 World Cup with a knee injury and had reached a tipping point before the semi-final contest against Australia.
Despite the injury, Shami had scalped 17 wickets in the World Cup in the seven matches he played at an impressive average of 17.29. Thus, he finished as the fourth-highest wicket-taker of the ODI showpiece. Subsequently, Shami made a comeback into India’s Test team after undergoing the injury and he was able to hit the ground running with his performances.
Mohammed Shami has been brilliant for India
Surprisingly, Shami was not given a lot of chances in the ODI team after making a comeback. It was only at the beginning of 2019 that he got a chance to play against Australia and New Zealand and once again impressed. Shami revealed that he was confident of making a roaring comeback after undergoing the injury.
‘‘Yes, those were really tough times. However, I didn’t lose faith in my cricket and always believed that if I could come back to play international cricket after that knee surgery in 2015, then nothing can stop me,’’ Shami said while talking to Gulf News.
Meanwhile, India is all set to tour Australia for four-match series later in the year. Shami had scalped 16 wickets in the four matches on the previous tour and he would like to continue his good show in Australia. The Bengal pacer added that the team has played enough cricket against Australia and he is confident of his performances.
‘‘I don’t really care as the challenge will not be any more or less than facing any other good teams like say England, New Zealand, or South Africa. We have played enough cricket against them and I will be backing myself to go all out against them.’’
Shami has scalped 180 wickets in 49 Test matches at an average of 27.36. The right-arm pacer has snared 144 wickets in the 77 ODI matches at an average of 25.42. Thus, the 29-year fast bowler will look to continue his good show going once he makes a comeback to the game.