Monday, February 27, 2017

With eye on Team India comeback, Shami keen to play last two Vijay Hazare games

Kolkata: With an eye on a possible comeback in the last two Tests against Australia, speedster Mohammed Shami is eager to get a few overs under his belt for Bengal in the ongouing Vijay Hazare Trophy.

India’s No 1 pace bowler is confident he can play the last two league games of Bengal in Chennai. “I don’t know yet but if I’m fully fit and comfortable to play, then I may play last two matches (of Bengal in Vijay Hazare Trophy in Chennai),” Shami told reporters.

Shami, who has been out due to a knee injury since he played the third Test against England at Mohali in November,
said he would approach the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru in a few days for assessing his fitness.

The squad for the last two Tests in Ranchi and Dharamsala will be announced after second Test in Bengaluru from March 4-8 and Shami would make a comeback if fit.

India trail the four-match series 0-1 and will travel to Bengaluru for the second Test and Shami may join the
training to assess his fitness on the sidelines.

On India’s crushing 333-run defeat in the Pune Test, Shami, who came to meet his former captain MS Dhoni at Eden
Gardens on the sidelines of Jharkhand’s Vijay Hazare Trophy match, said the side would bounce back.

“Let’s look forward, there’s still a lot of cricket left in the series. Win and loss is part of the game. We may
have a bad day. Let’s not blame anyone and try to focus on the remaining matches. I’m sure we would bounce back,” he said.

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