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He was out of the Indian squad after having received a shocking injury after the last World Cup cricket semifinal. Then he had to undergo an operation. And in last one-and-half months he has only taken mental preparation along with the rehab programme. And after grappling with those painful days Shami Ahmed resumed his training at the Pankaj Gupta Indoor stadium of Eden Gardens from Thursday. The rookie fast bowler of Bengal who showed a lot of promise for Indian team also looked trying to sprint under the careful observation of Bengal cricket team’s physiotherapist Kamlesh Jain at the Indoor Stadium. And the pacer also stole the limelight by his 50-meter sprints which he was being able to clock even at seven seconds! Shami has been doing sprint and swimming regularly to get his fitness back into his old shape. He said, “I will be able to resume bowling within next two weeks. And I found my steps while going for deliveries were satisfactory.”
The bowler also bowled a few deliveries with a short run-up.
Shami who still laments for India’s defeat in the semifinal of the Word Cup is eyeing at India’s forthcoming series against South Africa at home.
He said, “I am trying my best to regain my touch. So that I can be declared fit before the opening Test against South Africa. And along with the series, I am also setting focus on the T-20 World Cup cricket final, to be held at Eden Gardens. It would be a dream for me to play at this ground, donning India jersey in the T-20 World Cup final.”
Bengal coach Sairaj Bahutule also looked optimistic on the come-back of this fast bowler as he stated, “Shami’s return to the squad will no doubt strengthen Bengal’s bowling. But at the same time I feel Shami will not be available for Bengal in the initial stage.”