On Wednesday India speedster Mohammed Shami accepted that the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will definitely help him to get his rhythm back.
Shami has been missing from the national squad since November 2016 as he played his last international match against England in the third Test. After that Test, he was ruled out of the series due to soreness in his knee.
The Bengal pacer plays for Delhi Daredevils in IPL and e also played in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Bengal against Tamil Nadu as he finished the match with figures of 4/26 in 8.2 overs.
However, Shami did join the Indian team in Dharamsala Test but was not part of the playing XI. During a chat with the reporters, he said, "I always try to support my team when I am not fully fit and not playing. The IPL comes at a good time for me as I am fit now and can get into the rhythm with the IPL. The platform is there for me, and in IPL it's all about curtailing wide balls. That will also help me get back into rhythm.”
Umesh Yadav has shown a tremendous in the Australian series as he was highest wicket-taker among the pacers of both the teams with the tally of 17 wickets in four Tests. Shami hailed praises for his fellow teammate, he said, "Our fast bowlers did a great job. They bowled with pace and there was swing too. Umesh has been brilliant and will continue with his good form in the future as well."
Shami said Captain Virat Kohli played the role of water boys for his team during the Dharamsala Test as he ruled out due to his shoulder injury and it was a great gesture and showed that one can’t take Kohli out of the picture. Shami concluded, "Virat's gesture of carrying water on the field is a big thing. He always keeps motivating the team. He is always looking to contribute.”