Mohammed Shami Eyes Comeback for England Test Series

Mohammed Shami provides positive updates on his recovery, aiming for a comeback during India’s five-Test series against England.

Senior Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has provided positive updates on his recovery from an ankle injury, expressing optimism about returning to action during India’s upcoming five-Test series against England, commencing on January 25.

While acknowledging slight stiffness in his ankle, Shami has initiated training sessions and believes he will be fully prepared for the challenges of the England series.

“My rehabilitation is progressing well, and the medical experts at NCA are satisfied with my progress. Despite some slight stiffness in my ankle, I have started my training sessions, and I am confident about making a comeback in the England series,” Shami shared with Times of India.

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Initially included in the Test squad against South Africa, Shami’s availability was contingent on his fitness. However, the (Board of Control for Cricket in India) BCCI later confirmed that he had not been cleared by the Medical Team, leading to his exclusion from the two Tests.

Reflecting on India’s performance in the second Test against South Africa, which he missed due to injury, Mohammed Shami expressed eagerness to return to competitive cricket swiftly. He hopes to contribute to the team’s success and aims to make a significant impact against England.

Honored with the Arjuna Award, India’s second-highest sporting accolade, on Tuesday, Shami expressed gratitude for the recognition. The award comes on the back of his outstanding performance at the 2023 ODI World Cup, where he emerged as the highest wicket-taker with 24 wickets in seven games.

India is slated to face England in a five-Test series across Hyderabad (Jan 25-29), Visakhapatnam (Feb 2-6), Rajkot (Feb 15-19), Ranchi (February 23-27), and Dharamsala (March 7-11).

Shami’s potential return will undoubtedly bolster India’s pace attack as they strive for success against England in the upcoming Test series.

IANS