After being inducted into the World Cup squad, pacer Mohammed Shami will look to continue his scintillating bowling form in the upcoming showpiece event, beginning May 30 in the UK. “I am thankful to Almighty Allah that I have got another chance to play in the World Cup for my country,” Shami, who turns out for IPL team Kings XI Punjab said on Tuesday. “I am in the best shape of my life, I am in a good rhythm and I just want to carry this to the World Cup,” the India pacer added.

He said that he has been continuously working on his fitness. “I am feeling same rhythm I was feeling at the start (international debut in 2013), he said after being named in the World Cup squad for the second time.

“From players to coaching staff to management, everyone has backed me, now it is my turn to repay,” the 28-year-old, who has 113 wickets from 63 ODIs, said.

The in-form Indian pacer also attributed his successful ODI comeback to his good Test performances over the last one year.

“It has been a long journey. I played the 2015 World Cup, then got injured and it took me two years to recover. After the rehab, I made it to the 2016 World T20 squad. Then after a while, I got full confidence and felt like I was back on track.

“You saw in 2018, I played regular Test cricket. The confidence level is very high, I am bowling with the same speed that I used to earlier. Hope I can continue this, he said.

About Kings XI Punjab, who have won four of eight games played so far, Shami said the team has the ability to bounce back from back-to-back losses.

(With PTI Inputs)