India's best fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, has been out of action for a considerable amount of time now, and pacer Mohammed Shami has indicated that he and his colleagues are eagerly awaiting his return.
Since Jasprit Bumrah has been India's pacesetter for many years, his absence from the squad is due to a back problem. He was selected in the team for the just finished one-day internationals against Sri Lanka but was later excluded out of caution.
"We do miss him because he is a good bowler. "The 32-year-old had stated at a press conference following the game. Shami continued by explaining that Bumrah is in fact one of team India's most crucial bowlers,
Thus, his absence from the team for so long has been felt justly in crucial games. However, he also made the very pragmatic statement that injuries are a sad part of every game and that they do not, fortunately, signal the end of career in cricket.
"The absence of good players is always felt. But if a player gets injured, the game doesn't stop. We are hopeful that he returns soon so that the team gets even stronger. He is working on his fitness and we are waiting for him to join the Indian team and complete the setup."
As a result of his superb bowling performance in the second ODI against the Kiwis, in which he finished with match-winning statistics of 3/18 in his six over, Shami was named the player of the match.
He emphasised at the post-game presentation that the more he practises with the ball in the nets, the more confident he is that he will succeed.
"Whenever I start, I just focus on maintaining the right lines and lengths. But it does happen sometimes that you bowl well and yet don't get wickets. On other days you may not be in rhythm, and will still get wickets. That happens. I feel that the more you work with the ball in practice, the more success will come,"
Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Indian paceman could embark his return soon after a couple of Test fixtures against Australia in the upcoming series.
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