After the successful year of 2019 in Test cricket, paceman Mohammed Shami has headed to the UAE for IPL. Mohammed Shami is part of Kings XI Punjab, where he will lead the pace attack along with the likes of Ishan Porel, Sheldon Cottrell, and Chris Jordan. Being away from his family at present, the Bengal seamer reveals to miss his daughter aplenty.
It is understood that his daughter Aira stays with his estranged wife, Hasin Jahan with whom Mohammed Shami has sustained several controversies. Shami has previously played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils before landing with the Kings XI Punjab. In 49 matches so far, he has bagged 40 wickets while in 2019, Shami took 19 scalps in 14 fixtures.
Mohammed Shami, who departed for the UAE in August itself to fulfil the quarantine protocols, revealed that he could not meet her during the lockdown, and as she is growing up fast, he misses her. Shami added that everyone is happy that cricket is back and he felt like regaining his rhythm during a practice session they had on Thursday.
“I could not meet her during the lockdown. She is growing up fast. I miss her a lot. It’s been a long time since we played cricket. Everyone is happy like kids in a candy store after getting back to the sport they love the most. We had a practice match on Thursday, I didn’t face any issues. Everyone is getting back to the rhythm. I didn’t feel much difference (as I was bowling at my farmhouse),” Shami said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
“For me, it never felt like a lockdown; it just flew away” : Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami further said that the lockdown period never felt like as such for him as they were busy helping the deprived people with food. On the other hand, he was back at practice in the evening. He feels disappointed at the thought of crowds not being able to cheer them during IPL; however, due to helpless circumstances, Shami feels it is instead theirs.
“For me, it never felt like a lockdown; it just flew away. We were busy since morning arranging food, running six kitchens and in the evening I was back at practice. I am really thankful to the administration and people who helped us. It feels great when people cheer us from the stadium, but in the current scenario when that is not possible, it’s our responsibility to cheer them up, people who are battling a difficult time,” he added.