The national selectors and Indian team management will face various obstacles in the coming weeks. India’s T20 World Cup campaign kicks off on October 23 against Pakistan, and the team must first perfect its fast bowling combo.
With Jasprit Bumrah out of the tournament due to a back injury, the selectors must decide who will replace him. Deepak Chahar, or the seasoned Mohammed Shami?
Because India has qualified for the World Cup’s Super 12 stage, it can make changes to its roster without the ICC’s sanction until October 15. As a result, the selectors want to be certain of Shami’s fitness before officially identifying him as Bumrah’s successor.
Can Mohammed Siraj be that replacement?
There are also rumors that Mohammed Siraj could be added to the squad, based on his track record in Australia. However, he has only played five T20Is, the most recent of which was in February of this year against Sri Lanka, which could work against him.
Siraj was added to India’s team for the remainder of the T20I series against South Africa as a replacement for Bumrah.
Is Shami the best Option we have?
Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee told Sportstar a few weeks ago that if Shami stays fit, it will be impossible to look past him for the T20 World Cup. The squad for the mega event had not yet been chosen by the selectors at the time.
However, Lee emphasized that, with Bumrah’s fitness difficulties, a seasoned campaigner like Shami would provide consistency to the bowling line-up.
Brett Lee’s Opinion
“He’s already been there. He’s bowled in tough conditions in Australia before. He is a skiddy bowler who is speedy and capable of bowling a good bouncer. “I’m going to campaign for him because I believe he’d be a terrific fit for the squad, pending fitness,” Lee added.
Shami was picked as one of the standbys for the T20 World Cup because the selectors intended to give him adequate playing time in the six T20Is against Australia and South Africa at home. However, he was unable to participate in both series due to COVID-19.
Is Chahar That Option?
If the selectors consider Chahar to be Bumrah’s replacement, it must be for his Powerplay abilities. Chahar has had little opportunity since returning from a seven-month injury layoff. Chahar delivered a superb stint with the new ball in the first T20I against South Africa on Wednesday in Thiruvananthapuram.