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Mohammed Shami battles back: Can ace India pacer recover in time for T20 World Cup?

Mohammed Shami battles back: Can ace India pacer recover in time for T20 World Cup?

While Shami's participation in the T20 World Cup appears doubtful, his commitment to recovery paves the way for a strong comeback in the near future.

Indian pace spearhead Mohammed Shami is in a race against time to be fit for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in June. The 33-year-old pacer recently shared a motivational update on his social media, highlighting his grueling rehabilitation journey following Achilles tendon surgery.

Hero’s Sacrifice: World Cup Glory Despite Injury

Mohammed Shami’s dedication to the national team shone brightly during last year’s ODI World Cup. Despite battling pain, he emerged as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with an impressive tally of 24 scalps.

However, this heroic feat came at a cost, and Mohammed Shami has been sidelined ever since the World Cup final against Australia.

Mohammed Shami surgery and recovery

In February, Mohammed Shami finally underwent surgery to address the Achilles tendon issue. A video posted on his Instagram account showcased him undergoing a rehabilitation procedure, accompanied by a powerful message: “Injuries don’t define you, your comeback will. Can’t wait to be back out there with my team!”

Impact of Mohammed Shami Injury

Shami’s absence has been keenly felt across various formats. Since the World Cup, he has missed the T20I series against Australia, the tour of South Africa, the home T20I series against Afghanistan, and the ongoing Test series against England. Additionally, his recovery forced him to sit out the entire IPL 2024 season, where he has been a vital cog for the Gujarat Titans franchise.

ICC T20 World Cup Hopes Dwindling?

With the T20 World Cup rapidly approaching in June, Shami’s participation seems increasingly unlikely. Having missed the entire IPL season, regaining peak fitness before the tournament remains a significant challenge.

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Fan Support for Mohammed Shami return

Despite the setback, Mohammed Shami’s unwavering determination and dedication have garnered immense support from fans. His return to the national team, whenever it may be, will be a welcome boost for Indian cricket.

While Shami’s participation in the T20 World Cup appears doubtful, his commitment to recovery paves the way for a strong comeback in the near future.

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