A few years ago, veteran India pacer Mohammed Shami went through a very turbulent phase in his personal and professional life. He faced accusations of match-fixing and domestic violence by his ex-wife Hasin Jahan in 2018. These accusations forced Indian Cricket Board to launch an investigation against the pacer. Now in a recent interview, his then-teammate Ishant Sharma recalled those days and the investigation process of the Anti-Corruption Unit.
Speaking on the issue, seasoned India pacer Ishant Sharma said that he was also approached by ACU for the investigation and he had told the committee that Shami could not indulge in match-fixing. Ishant was speaking with Cricbuzz on their ‘Rise of New India’ show as he recalled the incident.
“I had a word with him and he did the share of the lot on the topic. Whatever had happened, the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) had approached us all, and they had asked us whether Shami could do a match-fixing or not. Just like policemen complain…I was asked everything and all was written down. I had told them, ‘I don’t know his things but I’m 200 percent sure he can’t do that because I know him that well’, said Ishant.
Ishant further stated his bond with Shami and how he reacted after knowing his stand on the issue. He said,
“When he heard I said those words, he realized that what I think of him and our bond became stronger.”
“Torture Shami”, Dinesh Karthik gives a new nickname to the veteran pacer
Episode 2 of ‘The rise of India’ show was dedicated to the Indian pacer Mohammed Shami. It was attended by Ishant Sharma and wicketkeeper batter Dinesh Karthik. On the same show when Karthik was asked to name Shami in one word, he called him ‘torture Shami’.
“If I have to use one word for Shami, it will be “torture Shami.” Because in my whole career, he is the toughest bowler I have faced in the nets, he has got me out a couple of times as well in the match. But he has been nasty to play in the net. I thought I was the only one, so then I asked Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, and they are all legends of the game, and they all said they hate playing Shami,” said Karthik.