‘What doesn’t make sense is…’: Ex-India batter after Mohammed Shami’s World T20 pick

The BCCI selection committee on Friday appointed Mohammed Shami to replace the injured Jasprit Bumrah in India’s T20 World Cup squad. Bumrah has been banned from competitive cricket indefinitely due to a stress-related injury to his back. “The All-India Senior Selection Committee has appointed Mohammed Shami to replace Jasprit Bumrah in the Indian ICC Men’s T20 World Cup squad. Shami has reached Australia and will link up with the squad in Brisbane before the warm-up games,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah was quoted as saying in a press release.

The Indian fast bowling line-up now includes Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel and Arshdeep Singh. Previously, several former cricketers and ex-BCCI selectors including Dilip Vengsarkar and Krishnamachari Srikkanth said they would have liked to see Shami in the squad. Now, former Indian slugger Aakash Chopra has pointed out an interesting point regarding Shami’s absence from India’s T20I team after the 2021 T20 World Cup.

“Shami is replacing Bumrah. Makes perfect sense. What doesn’t make sense is the fact that he hasn’t played a single T20i since the last World Cup. And that has nothing to do with his fitness. He’s always been available…” Chopra tweeted.

Shami had last played at T20 Internationals during the last edition of the ICC T20 World Cup in UAE. He was due to play Australia and South Africa at home in the six T20Is but has tested positive for CIVID-19 and has had to remain in isolation. On return, he had to prove his fitness before the NCA approved his trip to Australia. Shami played 17 T20Is and took 18 wickets.


Squad India for ICC T20 World Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami.

(With PTI inputs)

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