Mohammed Shami: Ace bowler, hero, father

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 06, 2016 22:04 hrs
Mohammad Shami

India pacer Mohammed Shami played a key role as the hosts thrashed New Zealand by 178 runs in the second Test match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. His contribution to Team India included six wickets in the match -- three each in the first and second innings -- not only helped India to seal the three-match series but also to reclaim the top spot in Test rankings from arch-rivals Pakistan.

Shami, who is a right-arm fast-medium swing and seam bowler, took the final wicket of Kiwi tail-ender Trent Boult, thereby ensuring India's place at the top of the Test rankings.

However, India was unaware of the brave front Shami had been putting up while playing for his country. Even as Team India celebrated the victory in their 250th home Test, Shami's 14-month old daughter, Aira, was being treated by doctors in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a Kolkata hospital.

Aira, according to reports, had a high temperature and she had difficulty while breathing. On October 2, she was admitted to the ICU. Shami, who was informed about her health condition at the end of Day 2, would rush to be by his little one's side at the end of play each day.

Thankfully, his daughter was discharged on Monday. Although his performance on field is praiseworthy, the brave front he put on as a father in order to lead his country towards victory makes it all the more laudable. This is one inspiring story he can tell his daughter when she grows up.

And when real-life heroes come to the fore, can Twitterati be far behind?

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