All the sporting events and tournaments around the world have come to a standstill and cricketers are taking to their social media and are indulging in interactive sessions with their fans. Recently, Mohammad Shami went live on Instagram with former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan, where he talked about many things, professional and personal.
During the live session, Mohammad Shami, revealed that he played throughout the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with a fractured knee.
Well, during that tournament, Shami, emerged out as the second-highest wicket-taker for India behind Umesh Yadav. Mohammad Shami bagged 17 wickets out from 7 matches at an average of 17.29 with best figures of 4 for 35.
Talking about how he played with a fractured knee during that tournament, Mohammad Shami revealed:
“I had knee injury during the 2015 World Cup. I couldn’t walk after the matches I played throughout the tournament with the injury. I played the 2015 WC because of Nitin Patel’s confidence.”
“The knee broke in the first match itself. My thighs and knees were the same size, doctors used to take out fluid from them everyday. I used to take 3 painkillers,”
Mohammad Shami also heaped in praises for MS Dhoni and his captaincy. Shami revealed what he told his teammates before the semi-final and opened up about how MS Dhoni and his team management gave him the confidence to perform well. He said:
“Before the semi-final I had told my teammates that I couldn’t take it any longer. On the day of the match, I had a lot of pain. I discussed it with the management but they said it will be alright. Mahi bhai, the team management gave me so much confidence. They said it’s the semifinal we cannot go for a new bowler.
“I bowled the first 5 overs and gave away about 13 runs with a wicket. I beat Finch and Warner’s bats but couldn’t get the edge. So I went off after telling Mahi bhai.”
“The condition was very bad even after I took an injection. I told Mahi bhai that I cannot bowl because I cannot run any longer. But he told me I trust you, any other part-timer will also go for runs.”
“He just told me don’t give away more than 60 runs. I haven’t played in a worse condition than that. 4mm piece had chipped off the bone. Some said my career was over, some said I shouldn’t have played. But touchwood I’m still here now in front of you all,”