Mohammed Shami, the Indian fast bowler, recently spoke openly about his relationship with his daughter, Aaira, in an interview with News 18. Shami and his wife, Hasin Jahan, are estranged and live separately, with Jahan having custody of their daughter.
In the interview, Mohammed Shami expressed his longing for his daughter, Aaira, acknowledging the limitations he faces in their contact due to the current situation. "Who doesn't miss their kids and family? Obviously, there are situations where not everything is in your hands. But if you ask me do I miss her, no one can leave their own blood," Shami told News 18.
He mentioned that his interactions with Aaira depend on his estranged wife's permission. Shami concluded by conveying his heartfelt wishes for his daughter's well-being and success, emphasizing that their personal circumstances shouldn't affect her. "I do speak to her sometimes. It all depends on her if she (Hasin Jahan) allows I to talk to her. I haven't visited her yet. I just want to wish her good health and a lot of success. Whatever is going on between her mother and me, that shouldn't matter. I make sure that she is living a healthy life," he added.
IPL likely to serve as Shami's comeback stage!
Mohammed Shami has been sidelined since the 2023 ODI World Cup due to an ankle injury. He underwent treatment abroad at the Indian Cricket Board's behest and has subsequently missed several key matches, including the ongoing Test series between India and England.
Shami's return to competitive cricket remains uncertain. While a specific date is unknown, the upcoming Indian Premier League, in which he represents the Gujarat Titans, appears to be a potential target for his comeback. The Titans will hope that he recovers in time as he is the leader of their pace attack. In the previous season, he won the Purple Cap for being the highest wicket-taker and the franchise will be hopeful of a similar show in this year's edition of the cash-rich tournament.