Just after the announcement of Md. Shami, as the replacement of Jasprit Bumrah for T20 World Cup 2022, Indian fans started trolling the selectors on Twitter, after BCCI revealed the replacement on their official twitter handle.
However, there are three players in the contestant’s list Md. Siraj, Md. Shami and Shardul Thakur for the replacement of veteran pacer. But Shami has been given priority over other 2 on the basis of the experience of playing in Australia, and the rest of the two bowlers are chosen as the backup. It will be interesting to see how he will perform in the upcoming matches, because he hasn’t played any T20I games from long time. The right-hand pacer has already reached Australia and will join the squad in Brisbane ahead of the warm-up matches. His swing and Yorker deliveries will be lethal in bouncy Australian conditions.
Some fans appreciated the BCCI selection and wish luck to Shami but many have criticized this inclusion, as Shami has not played any matches for Indian team in T20 format from long time. He was supposed to play the homes series against Australia and South Africa, but he tested COVID-19 positive and remains in isolation. He left for Australia when NCA approved his fitness. Whereas fans are also saying that Md. Siraj was also a good option because he performed well with the red ball on the Australia pitch the previous year. Even in the ODI series against South Africa, he bowled brilliantly and was awarded the man of the series.
Well, these are the fan’s assumptions. It will be interesting to see whether Shami will change India’s fortune in bowling or they will leak plenty of runs in death overs. Let’s see how Md. Shami will perform in the upcoming mega event. India will play the warm-up match against Australia on October 17 and New Zealand on October 19. And Rohit & co. They will open their encounter against Pakistan on 23rd October.