Indian Cricketer Mohammed Shami to Consult Expert in London Amid Prolonged Ankle Injury Woes

Mohammed Shami, renowned as the leading wicket-taker in the 2023 ICC World Cup, has undergone an extensive rehabilitation program at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.

Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who has been grappling with an ankle injury since the World Cup final, is set to embark on a trip to London for consultation with a specialist. The senior pacer, omitted from the initial Test squad against England due to ongoing injury concerns, is expected to extend his absence from the Indian side for at least another month, as per recent reports.

Shami, renowned as the leading wicket-taker in the 2023 ICC World Cup, has undergone an extensive rehabilitation program at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. Although initially included in India’s Test squad against South Africa, his participation hinged on his fitness. Unfortunately, the seasoned bowler was withdrawn from the Boxing Day Test in Centurion just a week before its commencement, as his recovery fell short.

The latest update on Shami reveals that he has not resumed bowling yet and continues his rehabilitation at the NCA. Despite hopeful aspirations of making a comeback for the England series, Shami’s fitness woes persisted, resulting in his exclusion from the five-match Test series.

Shami’s prolonged injury absence has presented a significant challenge for the Indian cricket team, which is struggling to find an adequate replacement for the experienced fast bowler. His unavailability was notably felt during India’s tour of South Africa, culminating in a substantial defeat by an innings and 32 runs in Centurion.

As Shami gears up to seek expert advice in London for his persistent injury, the Indian cricket team remains optimistic about his swift recovery and potential return to the playing XI. With the first Test against England looming at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad from January 25 to January 29, 2024, the team management will closely monitor Shami’s rehabilitation progress.