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Played 2015 World Cup with fractured knee: Mohammed Shami

 

In a chat with former pacer Irfan Pathan on Instagram live, Mohammed Shami revealed that he broke his knee in the very first match of the 2015 World Cup, but continued despite his "thighs and knees being the same size" due to inflammation.

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India's leading quick bowler Mohammad Shami was chatting with former pacer Irfan Pathan on Instagram live when he revealed that he broke his knee in the very first match of the 2015 World Cup.

Quite interestingly, it was Irfan whom Shami replaced to get a big break in his international career. The pacer replaced the injured Irfan Pathan for the Windies tour of 2013 when Pathan was ruled out of the tri-nation ODI series due to a hamstring injury.

"I had knee injury during the 2015 World Cup. I couldn't walk after the matches I played throughout the tournament with the injury. I played the 2015 WC because of Nitin Patel's confidence. The knee broke in the first match itself. My thighs and knees were the same size, doctors used to take out fluid from them everyday. I used to take three painkillers," Shami told Pathan.

India had performed terribly in the ODI series against Australia played just before the World Cup. However, as soon a the tournament began, the team, and particularly the bowlers, hit top gear. Shami was in a very bad state before the team's semi-final against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground and he informed skipper MS Dhoni about it.

"Before the semi-final I had told my teammates that I couldn't take it any longer. On the day of the match, I had a lot of pain. I discussed it with the management but they said it will be alright. Mahi bhai, the team management gave me so much confidence. They said it's the semifinal we cannot go for a new bowler.

"I bowled the first 5 overs and gave away about 13 runs with a wicket. I beat Finch and Warner's bats but couldn't get the edge. So I went off after telling Mahi bhai. The condition was very bad even after I took an injection. I told Mahi bhai that I cannot bowl because I cannot run any longer. But he told me I trust you, any other part-timer will also go for runs.

"He just told me don't give away more than 60 runs. I haven't played in a worse condition than that. 4mm piece had chipped off the bone. Some said my career was over, some said I shouldn't have played. But touchwood I'm still here now in front of you all," Shami signed off.

Is it just a co-incidence that Shami went on to become the fastest Indian to claim 100 wickets in One Day Internationals, reaching the landmark in 56 ODIs to break Irfan Pathan's standing record, who reached the 100-wicket mark in 59 ODIs.

Despite the injury, Shami finished as the second highest wicket-taker for India, behind Umesh Yadav, and the fourth-highest overall in the 2015 World Cup with 17 wickets from 7 games, with best figures of 4 for 35.

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