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Mohammad Shami says he would have lost his cricket if his family weren’t supportive of him

Indian pacer Mohammed Shami made many revelations in a recent Instagram Live session with his teammate Rohit Sharma.
Shami talked about how in early 2018, his wife Hasin Jahan accused him of domestic violence for which he and his brother were booked under IPC Section 498A.
Shami told Rohit, “Rehab was stressful as the same exercises are repeated every day. Then family problems started and I also suffered an accident. The accident happened 10-12 days ahead of the IPL and my personal problems were running high in the media. I think if my family had not supported me back then I would have lost my cricket.

I thought of committing suicide three times during that period due to severe stress and personal problems. I was not thinking about cricket at all. We were living on the 24th floor. They (family) were scared I might jump from the balcony. Then my family explained that every problem has a solution no matter how big the problem. My brother supported me a lot. My 2-3 friends used to stay with me for 24 hours. My parents asked me to focus on cricket to recover from that phase and not think about anything else. I started training then and sweated it out a lot at an academy in Dehradun.”

He even revealed that it took him almost 1.5 years to get back on the field after the injury he suffered at 2015 ICC World Cup. He was the second-highest wicket-taker for India, behind Umesh Yadav, and the fourth-highest overall in the tournament with 17 wickets in 7 matches. Although, he played with a fractured knee.

He said, “The knee broke in the first match itself. My thighs and knees were the same sizes, doctors used to take out fluid from them every day. I used to take 3 painkillers. 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 said.

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