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'Workload management is important' - Shami on challenging conditions in UAE
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'Workload management is important' - Shami on challenging conditions in UAE

Mohammed Shami has focused on the importance of managing the workload of bowlers properly in order to cope with the sweltering conditions prevalent in the UAE – the venue of this year's Indian Premier League.

Shami, who represents Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, has a rather successful season last year when he managed to pick up 19 wickets across 14 games.

With the IPL now moved out of India due to the aggravating Covid-19 crisis in the country, Shami is wary of issues of fatigue in the UAE.

He mentioned that the increase in temperatures in the Arab nation compared to what is experienced in India would lead to dehydration problems for the pacemen.

"Temperature is much higher compared to India. There are chances of getting dehydrated. There will be chances of cramps. So we will have to keep those things in mind," Shami told IANS in an interview.

"It will be difficult as the wickets here are also different. So workload management is important. But it is not that difficult that it can't be managed. It depends on us how we manage our workload," he added.

The traditionally dry surfaces of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah may also see spin become the more sought after commodity and prioritised over fast bowling.

Given his senior status and an exceptional record in international cricket, Shami will assume the role of the spearhead of Kings XI's pace attack for the upcoming tournament.

He will be assisted by Hardus Viljoen, Chris Jordan and Sheldon Cottrell among the overseas contingent in the pace department.

Despite his esteemed status, the 30-year-old has rejected feeling the burden of excessive expectations on him.

"I don't take the pressure of being a senior in the side. You should believe in your skill and back yourself.

"I always try to share my knowledge with all my teammates at any level. It can be IPL while playing for India or even at the club level. I rather talk about the team rather than myself," he maintained.

Additionally, Shami emphasised that he did not set lofty goals for himself and mainly relied on performing according to the context of the match without overthinking the various scenarios.

"I don't believe in any goal. I believe in performing according to the demand of the situation. I always try to do better than what I am doing," he said.

"Always try to better myself. I tell coaches also, I don't have a goal. I like to perform as per the role given to me and to the best of my ability."

The speedster eagerly looked forward to being in action on the biggest stage, though the absence of spectators and lack of a home atmosphere may dampen the high-voltage nature of the competition. But Shami was satisfied to just be in the middle and give viewers back home something to cheer about.

"It felt great getting out of home and coming to Dubai. We are all grateful to play the game which we all love. So the feeling cannot be compared. The best part is that everyone is on the field and training. In India, IPL should bring smiles to the faces of all."