Mohammed Shami starts training after injury layoff; set for comeback in the third Test against England

Shami hasn't featured in India's Tests after injuring his arm at the Adelaide Oval.

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Mohammed Shami. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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There is some good news coming in if you are an Indian cricket fan. It has now been declared that Mohammed Shami has begun his training at the National Cricket Academy

(NCA) and will mostly be available for the third Test against England, which will be a pink-ball affair.

The fast bowler had earlier injured his wrist after a nasty Pat Cummins bouncer in the first Test against Australia at Adelaide had pinged him hard on his forearm, thus ruling him out of the remainder of the Australian tour as well as the first two Tests against England at home.

Shami has in fact shared a clip of him training rigorously at the NCA, along with fellow Indian pacer Navdeep Saini, who was ruled out of the first two games against Joe Root and his men due to a groin injury. Shami took to Instagram to share a video of him training.

Mohammed Shami’s forearm is fine now: source

According to a source, Shami’s forearm has healed. The source added that he will undergo low key intensity net sessions for a few days, and has even been advised to bowl 18 deliveries at around 50 to 60 per cent effort. The source also added that this was the way the workload would be slowly built, as the pacer has been out of action for more than a month.

“Shami’s forearm is fine right now. He will have some low-intensity net sessions for the next few days. He has been advised to bowl around 18 deliveries a day at 50 to 60 per cent effort. Since has been out for more than a month and a half, that is how the workload will be built,” said a source to India Today.

The source also added that Shami will be bowling with a shorter run-up. And by next week, he will be working on ‘medium’ intensity, and a final call on his selection would be taken ahead of the third Test at Ahmedabad. The source also revealed that there is a good chance that Shami would be available for the third Test, and concluded by stating that a clearer picture will emerge by the end of next week.

“He is bowling from a shorter run-up, working to get some feel back. By the next week, the training will be of medium intensity and a final call can then be taken if he will be available for selection for the final two Tests in Ahmedabad.

“The pink ball Test is still two and a half weeks away (February 24). There is a very good chance that Shami will be fit and available for selection. He doesn’t have any other niggles as of now so by the end of next week, a more clearer picture will emerge,” concluded the source.

The third Test between India and England will be starting on 24th February 2021 at Ahmedabad.