Team India is currently sweating it out at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, ahead of the much- anticipated India vs South Africa series. One man who was seen bowling long spells in the nets was Mohammed Shami.
Shami was suffering from a severe knee injury even during the ICC World Cup 2015. He also got under the knife and as a result, missed out on the Bangladesh and Sri Lanka tours.
"I've been bowling off my full run-up for a while now, and don't feel much discomfort," Shami was quoted by ESPN Cricinfo as saying.
He has established himself as one of the wicket-taking bowlers in the Indian side. He can bowl at a tear-away pace and can get the ball to swing as well. Under Indian conditions, if one can bowl at a good pace and also get the ball to move both ways, then there is nothing better than that.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India selectors announced the T20 squad and also the squad for the first three ODIs against South Africa. If Shami is declared fit by the physio of the Indian cricket team, then the Bengal-lad might make it to the playing XI of the final two ODIs. According to a ESPN Cricinfo report, the selectors are waiting for the green signal from the team's physio.
Team India announced the names of 30 players for the preparatory camp. Some of the players left the camp after not finding a place in the T20 and ODI squads for their state teams to participate in the Ranji Trophy games.
India will play three T20s, five ODIs and four Test matches against South Africa starting from 2 October.