Team India have faced a big problem in terms of the T20 World Cup 2022 in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, who is ruled out due to injury. The Indian selection committee has included Mohammed Shami in the 15-member squad in place of Bumrah.
Shami is an experienced bowler and his inclusion in the team will make up for the absence of Bumrah to some extent. He made a return to India’s T20I side in the warm-up game against Australia for the first time since last year’s T20 World Cup.
Currently there is a debate in the cricketing circles whether Shami should be included in India’s final 11 or not. Here are three reasons why Shami should be included in the Indian team.
#1 Experience of Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami has a vast experience in international cricket, and this is very useful in a big tournament like the T20 World Cup. Interestingly, Shami also has a vast experience of playing in Australia and has also performed well there.
Shami’s inclusion in the Indian team is essential as other fast bowlers in the Indian team do not have much experience of playing in Australia. Shami has also performed well in ICC tournaments, and his performance in the 2019 ODI World Cup was truly spectacular. This is why if Shami gets a chance in the final 11 against Pakistan, it will definitely benefit the Indian team.
#2 Pitches in Australia suit Shami’s style of bowling
Australian pitches are going to be the most suitable for Shami’s bowling. Almost all pitches in Australia have good bounce and that can be one of Shami’s strengths.
The Bengal pacer can make good use of this bounce and it can definitely be a key factor for the Indian team. Shami has good shot pitch bowling skills and in Australian conditions it is a bit difficult to score against such bowling.
So it is definitely necessary to include Shami in the final 11 in the first match of the T20 World Cup.
#3 A good performance in the practice match
Mohammad Shami bowled brilliantly in the recent practice match against Australia. Shami, who has been away from cricket for a long time, bowled only one over in the match against Australia, but this time his rhythm was very good.
Due to this excellent bowling by Shami, the Indian team was able to win the match by 6 runs. Shami’s good form is great news for the Indian team and surely he can bowl brilliantly against Pakistan.