New Delhi: An Indian pioneer, Mohammed Shami, had set a great example of commitment towards one’s game.
He maintained his dignity and gave his excellence for the country during the Kolkata Test against New Zealand, even though his 14-month-old daughter was admitted in the ICU.
According to the news published in the India Times, at the Eden Garden, his baby daughter was suffering from fever; it was on the second day of the second Test.
As soon, she was admitted in the ICU in Kolkata hospital as she was unable to breathe properly.
When he had put a tight leash on the Kiwi run-scoring, Shami was informed about the development at the end of the second day’s play.
On the very next day, he polished off the NZ tail, enabling India to get a sizeable 112-run lead.
Shami at the end of the play would to visit Aira every day in the hospital and at night he returns to the team hotel.
In the second innings, Shami was exceptional with his reverse swing and making the ball talk as the batsmen found it very hard to negate his late movement.
Three wickets in the second innings ensured he took a total of six in the match.
India went on to win their 250th Test at home by 178 runs, the series 2-0 and with it the No 1 rank in Tests as well.
Shami said, “My captain had given me huge inspiration every night after I returned from the hospital. So, I am extremely thankful to him and also thankful to the mates who also gave me belief that my daughter must get cured by the time Test ends.”
“We are delighted to have watched Shami for his excellent bowling in spite of the fact that he was going through hard times due to his daughter’s illness,” said Tv commentator Sanjay Manjrekar.
On Monday, Aira recovered and returned home when the match ended.