New Delhi: Rohit Sharma had said on Saturday that he would watch Mohammed Shami closely in the nets at the Gabba. The Indian captain, like other players in the team, was completely ignorant about the stormy bowler’s fitness. Although he may not have been impressed by what he saw at the Gabba on Sunday.
Shami bowled in the nets for about 30 minutes but was not entirely impressive. After this questions have arisen whether Mohammed Shami is really fit for the T20 World Cup? The selectors have picked Shami to replace Jasprit Bumrah but the pacer failed to impress in his maiden training session in Australia on Sunday.
Shami was struggling a bit
He was seen bowling to teammate Dinesh Karthik in the practice nets. Shami was struggling a bit. Shami could not beat Karthik even once in 30 minutes. The veteran pacer dismissed the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman only when he recklessly attempted to play a scoop shot.
After the session the team’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey was seen having a discussion with Shami. Shami has not only played any active cricket in the last few months but has also recovered from Kovid-19. Concerns about his fitness will certainly be a headache for the Indian team in the World Cup.
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Shami will play warm-up match
According to a report in InsideSport, Shami will go to the warm-up match on Monday. There will be a thorough assessment of his fitness and there will be a demand to include him in the match against Pakistan on October 23. The bowler will get another chance in India vs New Zealand on 19 October before India’s official T20 WC opener IND vs PAK on 23 October. India are in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup along with the 2007 T20 World Cup champions, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa and two qualifiers.
biggest world cup ever
The 8th ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be the biggest WC ever. In which 16 teams will play 45 matches in seven Australian cities from 16 October to 13 November. There will be a total of seven venues across Australia during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. The semi-finals will be played at the Adelaide Oval and Sydney Cricket Ground, while the Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the final. The Gabba in Brisbane, Cardinia Park in Geelong, Bellerive Oval in Hobart and Perth Stadium are the other host venues.
T20 World Cup Team India:
Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel , Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami.
Mohammad Siraj and Shardul Thakur will join as backup and will travel to Australia soon.