Shami hopes to continue good work in home series
9th September 2016
For comeback Indian pacer Md Shami, hunger to excel and tireless hardwork are the twin mantras for success. The wily right hand fast medium bowler, who plays for Bengal, became the toast of the team in West Indies scalping 14 wickets in the series.
"It is a comeback of sorts for me. For 18 months I was out of the side nursing the injury and rehabilitating. I am really happy that I was able to do the job for my team and captain," Md Shami told CAB Media Desk.
Talking about the strict regimen he followed on road to recovery, Shami said: "Knee injuries are tough as the whole body weight of a bowler is on his knees. The NCA training helped me a lot. It was a very difficult time. Only I know how focussed I was on my rehab and training to get back in shape. I had to lose weight, fight fits of blue. But my wife stood by me like a rock."
"When I went on the tour, I knew I did not have to do anything flashy. I just focussed on my swing, length and line. I did not want to make errors there. I am lucky that I was able to force the batsmen to make mistakes," Shami said of his bowling in the Caribbeans and went on to add: "I had a plan. It was successful. I didn't want to make too many changes to my bowling."
Asked about the forthcoming New Zealand series: "I will bowl normally and do my best with the new ball. I will try to support the spinners. But if we bend our backs and get two three early wickets it will be helpful for the team."
On Virat Kohli heaping praises on him, he said: "It feels good if the captain has faith on you. We need to keep the fire burning inside us. As a bowler we need to be hungry for wickets as a batsman should be for runs."
He went on to add that India now had a much better record overseas than before. "And we must keep improving everyday. I just want to keep doing my work with full dedication," Shami said.
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