India’s pace spearhead, Mohammed Shami has set a huge example for commitment to one’s game in the recently concluded second test match against New Zealand at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. It’s been revealed that while the 26-year-old was busy with national duties, his daughter was being hospitalised.
According to reports, on the second day of the Test, Aira, the 14-month-old daughter of Shami began to suffer from high fever. Struggling to breathe properly, she was soon admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a city hospital.
Shami was informed about his child’s hospitalization at the end of play on Day 2 of the test match. The speedster still came back and managed to pick up two vital wickets, which helped India wrap up the test match on Day 4 itself.
Every day after the end of play, Shami would visit Aira in the hospital and then return to the team hotel at night. “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,” a gracious Shami reportedly said about India’s Test team captain Virat Kohli.
Shami also got praises from TV commentators like Sanjay Manjrekar who 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.”
Reports claim that Shami’s daughter has recovered and returned home on Monday, the day the match ended.