Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami is all set to make a comeback in the 50-over format after a long gap. Shami had an excellent run for India in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, but has not played in the format since then. Shami has had at least two long injury lay-off periods. However, India’s star seamer, who had impressed with his skills in the last Indian season, is all set to make a comeback. Shami has been included in the Indian squad for ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which will be played in England. India will be playing their first match against arch rivals Pakistan, and Shami says he is raring to go.
“Two years is a long time to be out of ODI squad. In these two years, I have focussed on my strength and fitness. I have also worked on my weaknesses. I have got leaner. I am hopeful that I can perform well in the upcoming Champions Trophy. I want to give my best shot. IPL is a good platform for me wherein I will be getting 8-10 matches before going to the international tournament,” Shami said after being named in the Champions Trophy squad, according to PTI.
Shami has also praised former Indian cricketer and his current captain of Delhi Daredevils (DD) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. “Obviously, when you speak to former players, you get valuable tips. If you speak to Zaheer, there is something or the other that emerges,” he said.
Shami, currently leader of the Indian pace attack, says the quartet of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav (with Hardik Pandya, to boot) should excel in the English conditions. “Our attack is one of the best in the world. We need to help each other out there in the middle. We would be certainly giving our hundred per cent and the rest is luck. Looking forward to Champions Trophy,” he concluded.
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