Mohammed Shami knows the key will be to maintain good line and lengths in West Indies    Getty Images
Mohammed Shami knows the key will be to maintain good line and lengths in West Indies Getty Images

He sprints and bowls his deliveries at a good pace. He has a good run up and action which adds more to his bowling. Mohammed Shami, who made a remarkable Test debut against West Indies in a needless at home series in 2013, is making a comeback into the national side after a gap of more than a year. He led the bowling department in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, held in Australia and New Zealand, and led by example. As MS Dhoni was going through a tough time in placing the correct combination for his bowling department, Shami stood by his captain and stood when it mattered the most. Since then injury has succumbed his form and rhythm, so the big question is will he be as effective as he was before he got injured? FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 1st Test match

The farewell series for Sachin Tendulkar was arranged against an inexperienced lowly West Indies team in 2013. This introduced Shami in India s Test squad. He had a memorable outing in his first match, which was also played ion his home ground at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, as he took a five-for in the second innings and ended the match `with a nine-wicket haul. Shami has the knack of reverse swinging the ball if conditions are apt and he did that in his first Test to rattle the West Indies line-up. Just after this series, India toured South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia, before the World Cup in 2015. ALSO READ: Mohammed Shami receives Rs 2.2 crore compensation for missing IPL 2015

The overseas series are looked upon differently not only by cricket experts but also by players, as it gives them a big chance to perform for their nation outside home, which carries more weight-age. To perform well in alien conditions marks the rise of a cricketer. Shami started his overseas assignments by touring South Africa for a two-Test series. He had a decent series outing as he picked up 6 wickets from 4 innings, out of which in the last innings he came into bowl when India had only 59 runs to defend. He got the wickets of established batsmen like JP Duminy and Hashim Amla (on two occasions) and removed Alviro Petersen and AB de Villiers once. Report Card: Decent

Next in line were New Zealand, where conditions assist some swing and pace. He took 10 wickets in 4 innings and shined shone for India on their 0-1 loss in the Test series. Report Card: Decent.

India s tour of England in 2014 was horrendous and Shami lost his rhythm a bit in Tests. He picked a couple of scalps in the first two Tests but was ineffective, lacked rhythm in the third test to be dropped from the remaining matches. Report Card: Strictly Average.

His last series in whites was against Australia in 2014-15 season. He grabbed 15 wickets from 6 innings in the 3 matches he played for India. This was quite a decent performance but he often got the wickets of tail-enders or when the Aussie batsmen were playing in the One-Day International (ODI) mode to push for a win by declaring quickly. His line and lengths were not that impressive. He managed a five-for too but in similar situations where Australian batsmen were hitting everything offered to them. In short, he did not bowl the ideal Test match line and lengths. He was a tad bit expensive as well. Report Card: Average.

Like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja, who are more confident in ODIs or Twenty20 (T20I), he Shami breathes fire in his short spells in colour clothing. Despite picking an injury in the first Test at Adelaide versus Australia in 2014-15, he still continued playing and was among the Top 5ended among the top five leading wicket-takers of the World Cup 2015. The enthusiasm shown by him in shorter formats has to be seen in the longer format as well.

This The upcoming series against West Indies is his ideal chance. Everyone would want to see him bowl in the right areas and bowl for longer spells, even if he does not get many wickets. He is fresh and making a comeback versus the same side against whom he made his Test debut. in a way debuting, for the second time, against the same team against whom he debuted for India in Tests, when India begins their campaign in the Caribbeans. Mohammed Shami: Maintaining right line and length key against West Indies

Unfortunately, Shami has not looked impressive since his return to international cricket. He bowled in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 and sparked the ball in all corners. He has been erratic in the tour games in West Indies. He knows the selectors and the whole nation, in India, is keeping a close tab on him. He again has to lead by example. It is not a very tough series, at least not touted to be one. So the time is ideal for a man like Shami to stage his comeback opposite an opponent that can be tamed. who are not a very strong Test side. Will he perform or embark on the same line like many Indian bowlers who started well, got injured and never recovered upto expectations.

(Aditya Sahay is a journalist with CricketCountry who is completely into sports and loves writing about cricket in general. He can be followed on Twitter at adisahay7)