Mohammed Shami has come a long way since those dark days of 2017-18 when he was embroiled in a tumultuous scandal after his wife had accused him of adultery, violence, and match-fixing.
Shami’s reputation took a big dent and with him alleged for match-fixing, the BCCI decided against awarding him the annual contract. Shami was eventually exonerated from the match-fixing allegations and while he did make a comeback, his fitness had taken a significant toll and he was subsequently dropped from the one-off Tests against Afghanistan after having failed the Yo-Yo Test.
Shami, however, proceeded to make a brilliant comeback in both forms of the game and he is now one of the spearheads of the Indian pace-bowling unit. Shami, however, never lost faith in himself as he knew that if he can make a comeback after having knee surgery, which had put him on the sidelines for a considerable period of time, then nothing can stop him.
“Yes, those were really tough times. However, I didn’t lose faith in my cricket and always believed that if I could come back to play international cricket after that knee surgery in 2015, then nothing can stop me,’’ Mohammed Shami told Gulf News.
‘I don’t really care’- Mohammed Shami on the impending Australian challenge
For the uninitiated, Shami played the 2015 World Cup with a knee injury and still managed to end up as the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
Shami will be a key weapon for India when Virat Kohli’s team visits Australia for a four-match Test series later this year.
When asked about the magnanimity of the challenge, considering Australia will be bolstered by the addition of David Warner, Steven Smith, and a rejuvenated Marnus Labuschagne, Shami said he doesn’t really care as he will be backing himself to go all out against them.
‘‘I don’t really care as the challenge will not be anymore or less than facing any other good teams like say England, New Zealand or South Africa. We have played enough cricket against them and I will be backing myself to go all out against them.’ he added.