Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16 December 6, 2015

Fit-again Shami picked for Vijay Hazare Trophy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammed Shami's last competitive match came during the 2015 World Cup © AFP

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami has been named in Bengal's squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, after recovering from the knee injury he had picked up during the Australia tour last December. He had felt some discomfort in his left knee as early as the first Test in Adelaide but bowled through pain in the 2015 World Cup, where he was India's second-highest wicket-taker, taking 17 scalps at 17.29.

Shami, who has been sidelined from all competitive cricket since March, underwent surgery after returning from the World Cup and spent his rehabilitation period at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. He was then picked among 30 players to be part of a preparatory camp ahead of the South Africa series in September. However, Shami had not regained full fitness then and was not included in either limited-overs or Test squads against South Africa.

Shami, who had also missed the league phase of the Ranji Trophy, though, hoped that the Vijay Hazare trophy would help him shake off the rust and return to the Indian team, whose next assignment is a five-match ODI series in Australia, starting January 12.

"I am back after eight months, so I am taking it slow and easy... I am gearing up to play in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. It will be a good preparation going into the limited overs series against Australia," Shami told PTI.

Bengal, who start their campaign against Goa on December 10, will also be boosted by the return of Wriddhiman Saha from national duty. They have been placed in Group D with Goa, Himachal Pradesh, UP, Madhya Pradesh, and Saurashtra.

Squad: Manoj Tiwary (captain), Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Wriddhiman Saha, Sudip Chatterjee, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Sayan Sekhar Mondal, Sreevats Goswami, Pankaj Shaw, Debabrata Das, Aamir Gani, Pragyan Ojha, Mohammed Shami, Ashok Dinda, Mukesh Kumar, Sayan Ghosh, Pradipta Pramanik, Alok Pratap Singh

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  • Naresh on December 7, 2015, 11:06 GMT

    Welcome back Shami. You left the Indian team depleted in the WC. If you were fit in the last couple of games India would have reached even higher than they got.

  • Chalu on December 7, 2015, 7:30 GMT

    Shami is not yet fully fit. He is only 70 percent according to local newspaper report. Hope he gets fit again before World T20

  • VVP on December 7, 2015, 7:19 GMT

    Shami is the perfect example of the standard of Indian pace bowlers. Most of the contemporary bowlers simply bowels extra pace without possessing requisite physical standard. All these bowlers are sustaining injuries after some time.Once after injuries most of them fails to achieve the previous form and Ultimately most of them are ended up the careers with injuries. After the end of Javagal Srinath era ,India has not produced a single bowler who can be played for 10 tests consecutively. Even Zahir Khan also never sustained consecutively.Added to the woes ,IPL which also making the life of bowlers miserable. BCCI really need to think seriously about the quality of the face bowlers in India.

  • Par on December 7, 2015, 4:48 GMT

    ideal delivery to get these guys. 5 balls just outside off stump, very slow deliveries from jadeja. Then fire one in his pad. They guy is really good at putting the ball at same spot, he just needs to vary it slight.

  • Par on December 7, 2015, 4:36 GMT

    Why every fielder is not around the bat ? I dont get it. runs dont matter at this point. put a leg slip, maybe two for god sake. SA are not gonna win this. Modern test captaincy is baffling.

  • sohail on December 7, 2015, 2:48 GMT

    from where we will get good genuine fast bowler on dancing pitches which helps only spinners...BCCI should think positive if they need some quick bowlers for long term...

  • pranjal on December 6, 2015, 17:26 GMT

    Hope Shami get his line and length and PACE right from ball one in international cricket becoz INDIA needs him desperately. We need a good fast bowler in ODIS especially.

  • Aman on December 6, 2015, 17:09 GMT

    He has the potential to be the best fast bolwer that India has ever produced .....

  • venkat on December 6, 2015, 16:54 GMT

    Good news !! And Indian bowling attack needs Shami back very badly ..

  • sohail on December 6, 2015, 16:23 GMT

    Madhusudan i think you have lack of cricket knowledge plz go through cricinfo player profile....and ahaaa 1 more info for you Mr.shami has already included in icc odi eleven

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