Jasprit Bumrah has been replaced by Mohammed Shami on India’s T20 World Cup roster. Shami has arrived in Australia, according to a BCCI announcement, and will meet up with the team in Brisbane before India’s two official warm-up matches against Australia and New Zealand on October 17 and 19, respectively.
The back-ups are Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj, who won Player of the Series honours in India’s 2-1 50-over victory against South Africa earlier in the week. The BCCI said that the pair would soon depart for Australia.
Bumrah was expected to miss six weeks of action due to a stress-related back issue when he was informed he would not be participating in the World Cup on October 3. Shami was the leading candidate to succeed him, especially after head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma suggested that they would prefer someone who had previously played in Australia.
Shami has taken part in numerous trips to Australia. He helped India win two Test series and an ODI World Cup in 2015, where he finished as the team’s second-highest wicket-taker.
In Australia, Shami will join an all-rounder option in Hardik Pandya and a seam-bowling assault that includes Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, and Harshal Patel.
In the past three months, Shami hasn’t participated in any kind of cricket. After testing positive for Covid-19, he was forced to withdraw from India’s T20I team for the home series against Australia and South Africa in September. After returning a negative test on September 28, Shami resumed training and is said to have passed the BCCI-mandated cardiovascular testing last week.
Shami last participated in the T20I format during the 2021 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, which was almost a year ago. In the competition, he took six wickets from five matches at an economy of 8.84.
But since then, he has produced well in the IPL for Gujarat Titans, who made their debut and went on to win the championship. Shami finished with 20 wickets, which made him the Titans’ leading wicket-taker, but more importantly, he played in each of the team’s 16 contests.
His stats on power plays were very excellent. Along with Chetan Sakariya, he shared the lead with Mukesh Choudhary in this phase with 11 wickets, and his economy of 6.62 ranked seventh out of the 14 bowlers who completed 20 or more overs during the competition. His economy was 9.63 at the time of his death, nevertheless.
The other initially mentioned reserve players, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, and Deepak Chahar, are not currently on the road. Chahar was thought to be Shami’s main rival for the position that Bumrah’s back injury had opened up. Chahar is presently enrolled at the National Cricket Academy, nevertheless, as a result of new back issues. After that, he was dropped from the South Africa series.
Up until October 15, teams that directly qualified for the World Cup can alter their rosters without seeking approval from the competition’s technical committee.
India’s T20 World Cup roster includes Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, and Hardik Pandya.