Mohammed Shami will be making his comeback to the Indian ODI squad after a gap of two years. He is part of the team for the upcoming Champions Trophy in England, which begins from June 1. Shami last turned out for India in an ODI in the 2015 World Cup semi-final.
“Two years is a long time to be out of ODI squad. In these two years, I have focussed on my strength and fitness. I have also worked on my weaknesses. I have got leaner. I am hopeful that I can perform well in the upcoming Champions Trophy. I want to give my best shot," Shami was quoted as saying in a PTI report.
Shami who plays for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, feels that IPL games will be of help in the build up. "IPL is a good platform for me wherein I will be getting 8-10 matches before going to the international tournament."
Shami praised Delhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan, who has guided him well. "Obviously, when you speak to former players, you get valuable tips. If you speak to Zaheer, there is something or the other that emerges," he added.
Shami opines that the quartet of him, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah should do well in England.
"Our attack is one of the best in the world. We need to help each other out there in the middle. We would be certainly giving our hundred per cent and the rest is luck. Looking forward to Champions Trophy," he concluded.
--By A Cricket Correspondent