Mohammed Shami, ICC World Cup 2019
Mohammed Shami. (Photo: ICC)

Mohammed Shami, India and Kings XI Punjab fast bowler, has claimed that the six days of quarantining in the bio-secure environment of the United Arab Emirates was more challenging for him than the four months he spent at home during the lockdown.

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League is all set to take place in the United Arab Emirates between September 19-November 10. In view of the steadily escalating Covid-19 situation, the players as well as the support staff were required to quarantine themselves upon their arrival to the UAE in the bio-bubbles set-up by their franchises.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. Credit: BCCI

Shami, who had moved to his native place in Uttar Pradesh during the lockdown, opened up on his experience of quarantining in the UAE during an exclusive interactiion with ANI.

‘’Four months have been difficult for everyone, be it sportsman or a normal person. Thank god I had the facilities to do my own training. When we came here (UAE) and got quarantined, these six days felt more difficult than those four months because in those months I was training myself, helped the needy and was busy in activities. But in these six days, I have felt how difficult those four months must have been for people. Now it feels comfortable on the field, Mohammed Shami revealed.

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”The training I have done (during lockdown) has helped now”- Mohammed Shami

Shami, who recently celebrated his 30th birthday, also revealed that the training that he did during the lockdown is now helping him immensly as he isn’t feeling any stiffness, adding that the body is looking in good rhythm.

”The training I have done (during lockdown) has helped now. The stiffness isn’t there and it has felt more like I took a break for recovery. The body feels good and in rhythm. The normal flow is missing in some. Those who played in the Caribbean Premier League are looking in flow, but those who have been stuck indoors are looking a little stiff. Important to use the 25 to 30 days going into the tournament,” he explained.

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