India tour of Australia: Mohammed Shami hits nets, says ‘there is no better feeling than to play for your country’

As India’s limited-overs series against the hosts Australia inches closer, the visitors began gearing up for the upcoming challenge with players hitting the nets to sharpen their skills. On Sunday, Indian pacer Mohammed Shami geared up for the long tour with some bowling practice in the nets.

ALSO READ: India tour of Australia : Fresh Covid outbreak in South Australia, doubts raised over Adelaide Test match

Shami was elated to bowl in the nets for India as he took to social media and posted a video of himself practising in Sydney with the caption, “There is no better feeling than to play for your country. A long wait to bowl in the #TeamIndia nets finally ended today! Looking forward to our Australian tour.”

Notably, Shami has been included in India’s squads for all three formats. The 30-year-old finished as India’s second-highest wicket-taker in India’s last Test series in Australia.

Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday shared a video of T Natarajan, who has been included in the T20 squad, practising in the nets.

“We have seen him bowl with a lot of success in the @IPL and here is @Natarajan_91 bowling in the #TeamIndia nets for the first time after his maiden India call-up! A dream come true moment,” BCCI tweeted while sharing the video.

India will begin their Australia tour with white ball fixtures as the One Day Internationals (ODIs) would be played on November 27, 29, and December 2 at Sydney Cricket Ground and at the Manuka Oval in Canberra respectively.

ALSO READ: India tour of Australia: Complete schedule, full squads, match timings in IST; All you need to know

The first T20I will also be played in Canberra on December 4 and the rest two on December 6 and 8 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Also, the Indian side will play four Tests against Australia which will be a part of the World Test Championship. With India sitting at the top of the points table in the World Test Championship and Australia second, it is going to be a thrilling contest with the first Test set to be played under lights from December 17 to 21 at the Adelaide Oval.