Bangalore: Indian pace spearhead Mohammad Shami has said that he played with his knee injury during the World Cup as the team’s chief wickettaker did not want to disturb the winning momentum in the final stages of the showpiece event.

Shami celebrates a Zimbabwe wicket during the World Cup in March 

Forced to miss season eight of IPL, Shami underwent a surgery and is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and is unlikely to be match-fit in time for India’s tour of Sri Lanka in
late July.

The Bengal paceman though recalls his injury during the Australia series. "It was difficult to rest. We were struggling during the triangular series. And World Cup lay ahead. The way be began against Pakistan, we didn’t want to lose that momentum. The only chance I got to rest was against UAE, and I took it," Shami told ESPNCricinfo.

"I was landing in the exact same spot as the Australian spinner (Nathan Lyon) did.

"That landing spot was up and down. It resulted in swelling. It kept on getting worse, but in the end it came to a stage during the World Cup where I found the momentum and the team found the momentum, and we didn’t want to lose that. When we came back from the World Cup, then we did proper tests and found there was a tear in the knee,"
he added.