Mohammed Shami played the Kolkata Test, while his little daughter was in ICU

New Zealand tour of India 2016: During the second Test match against New Zealand, Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami set an example of commitment towards the game as well as towards his team management.

As per the reports, on the second day of the Kolkata Test against New Zealand, Aira, the 14-month-old daughter of Shami began to suffer from high fever and within half-an-hour she had to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a city hospital as she was struggling to breathe properly.

After the match-days, Shami would leave the stadium and rush to the city hospital to be with his daughter and return to the team hotel in the night.

Despite the testing circumstances, Shami took 6 wickets in the match, 3 each in first and second innings. It was his brilliant bowling in the last session of the day 4 that India won by 178 runs and claimed the series 2-0 against the visiting team with a match to go.

When asked about his mental stress, after India won the Test match at the Eden Gardens, 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.”

The fast bowler also received huge appreciation from other cricketers as well.

Sanjay Manjrekar, who was doing TV commentary for the Test said, “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.”

Mohammed Shami with his daughter Aira

However, his daughter has recovered and returned home on October 3.

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