Indian speedster Mohammed Shami, who is set to turn up for Kings XI Punjab in just a week’s time has stated that the IPL will help the Indian players for their tour to Australia at the end of the year.
Although India haven’t played red-ball since their tour to New Zealand earlier this year, Shami feels that the IPL will help the players in preparing their body and momentum for the tour. He said, “It would be great that the Australia-bound players are playing IPL. It will set the body and momentum perfectly by then. I feel it’s better that we are playing the IPL before a big series. Apart from the IPL, everyone is also focused on that (Australia) tour. There is a lot of talk about that series. We will have a good contest.”
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Bowling at the impromptu nets at his farmhouse in UP during the lengthy span of lockdown has helped Shami in comfortably adjusting to the action, playing a warm-up match of Thursday after so many months. “It has been a long time since we played cricket,” he said. “Everyone is happy like kids in a candy store after getting back to the sport they love the most. We had a practice match on Thursday, I didn’t face any issues. Everyone is getting back to rhythm. I didn’t feel much difference.”
With the IPL being held across just three venues in UAE, the absence of travel between matches has been a welcome change for the players. Shami felt there shouldn’t be workload issues through the season because of the current arrangement of the tournament. He said, “Yes, there’re (usually) back-to-back matches, training, travelling, that’s a bit of headache.
“But it’s a short format, short matches, physically there should not be any workload issue. This time, there won’t be much travelling. You will have to travel just about for two hours by bus (when there is a match in Abu Dhabi).”