Mohammed Shami has transformed himself into one of India’s most trusted lieutenants when it comes to their fast bowling department. Along with Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, the 29-year old is always on the hunt for wickets by putting the batsmen under intense pressure. The elusive trio has not only made India a highly competitive side overseas, but Mohammed Shami has also claimed that the current crop of Indian pace battery is one of the greatest of all times.
Nevertheless, there existed a phase when he witnessed a string of lows. A career-threatening injury alongside a loss of form put Shami on the brink of permanently losing his spot from the Indian team. However, the Bengal paceman fought and sidelined everything to become one of the top-tier cricketers in the country. Mohammed Shami also revealed in a chat with Rohit Sharma that he pondered ending his own life thrice about which he has spoken in detail.
Remembering Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise, Shami stated that it is tragic to lose a brilliant artist due to a mental health condition. As far as his similar phase goes, the paceman credited his family for being with him throughout, ensuring he bounces back. It was his close ones that never let him lose heart or left him alone.
“Depression is a problem that needs attention. It was unfortunate to see such a brilliant actor like Sushant Singh Rajput lose his life. He was a friend and I wish I could talk to him had I known about his mental condition. In my case, my family pulled me out of that low phase. They took care of me and made me realise that I needed to fight back. There were times I felt suicidal but my family ensured I was never alone. Someone or the other would always be around, talking to me. Spirituality also helps you seek answers. Talking to your close ones or counseling is the best way out.” Shami stated as quoted by Hindustan Times.
I don’t plan much for the future: Mohammed Shami
When asked about the much-anticipated upcoming tour of Australia later this year, Shami revealed that he doesn’t think much about the future. Even though he had a fruitful series down under in 2018-19, it would depend upon the nature of pitches available out there.
“I don’t plan much for the future. I had a great Test series against Australia back in 2018-19. I enjoy bowling on Australian pitches and putting pressure on the batsmen. We will have to see what kind of pitches are prepared and then plan accordingly.” he added.