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“I am ready to go, but only if there is no pain” – Mohammed Shami on his availability for the Test series vs South Africa
By SMCS - Dec 15, 2023 8:58 am
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Team India speedster Mohammed Shami has shared that his availability for the upcoming two-match away Test series against South Africa will depend on his knee injury. Shami, who stated that his knee has been troubling him for quite some time now, shared that he has to undergo some tests before deciding if he will be able play as well.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami took a 5-fer

Shami said during an interview with Sports Tak: “I am ready to go, but only if there is no pain. There was some irritation in my knee for a very long time. I will have to get some tests and checkups done. So, if it is at the stage where it won’t trouble me again, I will surely go for the Test series. Obviously, I am ready. I will try to make sure that we don’t make the same mistakes again,” Shami added.

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However, Mohammed Shami was in sublime form at the 2023 World Cup, finishing as the leading wicket-taker with 24 wickets from just seven outings. Team India dominated in the 2023 World Cup, completing a 10-match winning streak before losing the all-important final against Australia.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami has been exceptional in Lucknow

Mohammed Shami said: “Since the day I reached home, that has been the only topic of discussion at home or with my friends. It keeps on repeating, and I feel that we were very close to winning the World Cup. We are able to take three early wickets in the final. I was confident that we just needed one more wicket. It was going through my mind that if our spinners would take one or two wickets, the game was ours.”

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“If you look at our World Cup journey, right from day one, the whole country enjoyed the effort and the game we showed. There was not even 0.001 percent chance of finding a negative person who believed that India wouldn’t win the World Cup. It was wonderful to see that kind of support for us,” he concluded.