Senior pacer Mohammed Shami was named the Best International Indian Men’s Cricket for the year 2019-20 at the BCCI awards on Tuesday.
The BCCI hosted the award function on January 23, 2024, and gave out awards to the winners for the past years as well because the board couldn’t, for various reasons, host the function in the past four years.
Even though the year 2020 was marred by covid-19 pandemic, with over six months of cricketing action of the Indian team getting postponed, Shami emerged as the best Indian player in the 2019-2020 period.
One of the world’s best all-format pacers, Mohammed Shami was rewarded for his notable contributions in the 2019-2020 season, and the BCCI bestowed him with the Polly Umrigar Award, which is for the best Indian cricketer.
Between January 2019 and December 2020, Shami took the fourth-most number of international wickets in the world, and the most for India. He snapped 96 wickets across the three international formats in 52 innings at an average of 23, which included a five-wicket haul against England in the 2019 World Cup.
Earlier this month, Shami received the Arjuna Award from President Droupadi Murmu.
Mohammed Shami to fly to London for further treatment; set to miss the entire England Test series
Grateful to have been honoured by BCCI at Naman Awards, a wonderful way to celebrate Indian cricket. Congratulations to all the award winners. I will continue to give my best for the team #mdshami11 #mdshami #bcci pic.twitter.com/tQabu97IR9
— 𝕸𝖔𝖍𝖆𝖒𝖒𝖆𝖉 𝖘𝖍𝖆𝖒𝖎 (@MdShami11) January 23, 2024
It has been reported that Shami will fly to London for further treatment of his ankle injury. The 33-year-old has been away from action since the World Cup 2023, in which he finished as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament despite being on the first four matches.
He played in the World Cup battling ankle pain. The injury exacerbated and he has since missed all cricket for India. He was not named in the squad for the first two Tests against England and now is all but certain to miss the last three Tests as well.
According to a report in Cricbuzz, Mohammed Shami will consult with doctors in London. Nitin Patel, the lead at the sports science department of the NCA, will accompany him.