India’s pace sensation Mohammed Shami made his comeback to competitive cricket in IPL 2021 after being out of action for more than three months. Shami suffered a wrist injury during the first Test of the four-match series against Australia and thus had to miss the rest of the tour along with the England tour of India.
In the absence of the right-arm seamer, India tried a lot of pacers across formats and every individual grabbed the opportunity provided to them with both hands. In an interaction, when Shami was questioned regarding whether he sees the influx of new fast-bowlers as competition, the veteran reckoned that he is just proud of the players and believes that the newcomers are the future of Indian cricket.
Shami also revealed that he will not drag his cricket career just for the sake of playing and will play only till the time his body allows. Also, the PBKS bowler feels that having a good bench strength is important.
“I don’t see it as a competition. Newcomers are our bench strength. Whether batting or bowling, newcomers are the future. No one can play all his life. As long as there is a skill and my body will accompany me, I will play. I can’t keep dragging on my career for the sake of it. ” Shami said in an interaction with ABP Ananda.
“And a good reserve bench is therefore very important. It’s great that the new boys are playing well. Their confidence will also increase. They will keep getting better with tough experiences. There is no competition. It is excellent news for the Indian team that so many talented boys are coming up,” the 30-year-old added.
During the interaction, the pacer was also questioned about whose wicket he would be happiest to take in the IPL among Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, David Warner, Steve Smith, AB de Villiers, and Kane Williamson. To this, the Punjab bowler reckoned that he doesn’t pay much attention to the name of the batsman and just backs his skill.
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