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Friday, February 03 2023

This bowler led team India to victory when his daughter was in ICU

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New Delhi: Indian cricket fans were celebrating as Kohli-led Indian cricket team crushed New Zealand in the 2nd test by 178 runs at Eden Gardens. Pacer Mohammed Shami had put up a brave front and had a vital role in the test win despite his daughter being in ICU.

Due to Shami’s stunning spell, India clinched the series in four days and reclaimed the number one Test ranking from arch-rivals Pakistan. But no one knew that it was a tough choice for Shami to play the role of a cricketer in the day and be a father at night. Yes, Shami’s focus and commitment did not waver despite his daughter being treated in the Intensive Care Unit of a Kolkata hospital.

Aira, his 14-month-old daughter was admitted to hospital on the second day of the Test due to high fever. Immediately, she was shifted to the ICU as she was unable to breathe properly. Shami was informed about the same at the end of the day’s play.

Despite having immense stress, the pacer quickly removed the Black Caps’ tail-enders on the third day, helping India to a massive 112-run lead. Every day at the end of play, he would visit his daughter in the hospital before returning to the team hotel. Thankfully, Aira was discharged on Monday.

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