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Shami will miss the 2024 Indian Premier League due to ankle surgery.

Shami will miss the 2024 Indian Premier League due to ankle surgery.

Mohammed Shami had surgery on his right Achilles tendon in London on Monday, and he hopes to “get back on my feet soon”. He is essentially out of the IPL 2024, which takes place from March 22 to May 26.

Since helping India reach the final of the ODI World Cup, Shami has not participated in any cricket matches. He finished as the competition’s top wicket-taker, amassing 24 wickets in seven matches at an average of 10.70 and a strike rate of 12.20.

He took injections to rehabilitate his ankle while playing with pain, and he hasn’t played cricket since.

The Shubman Gill-led Gujarat Titans, who also transferred Hardik Pandya to the Mumbai Indians in an all-cash transaction, would be severely harmed by the injury. Shami was the team’s leading wicket-taker during their second-place IPL 2023 finish.

Shami disclosed in January that he was experiencing “some stiffness” in his ankle, but he was optimistic about his ability to heal in time for the England Tests. Later in the month, though, that prospect was ruled out when he reported to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) of the BCCI for another evaluation.

Before this, Shami had been named in India’s Test team for South Africa, but he was left off the team when the ankle injury that kept him out of the tour’s white-ball leg persisted.

In Shami’s absence, India have handed Test caps to Mukesh Kumar (in the Caribbean) and Akash Deep (in Ranchi against England) during the ongoing WTC cycle where he hasn’t featured in a single game. Shami’s last Test was the WTC final against Australia at The Oval last June.
The injury is also expected to rule him out of the upcoming T20 World Cup, which begins in the Caribbean and USA five days after the conclusion of the IPL.

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