For the 2022 T20 World Cup, India must choose the third pace of Jaspreet Bumrah, Muhammad Shami and Bhuveneshwar Kumar, according to former wicket goalkeeper Parthiv Patel. In the lead up to the competition, Men in Blue auditioned with players such as Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh for the position of third tailor.
Shami had a successful season with the Gujarat Titans (GT) in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL), but is still not an impressive T20Is. In the 2021 T20 World Cup, when he took six wickets in an economy of 9.57, the T20I right-handed bowler appeared while wearing the national colours.
Muhammad Al-Shami may not be a bad choice: Parthif Patel
Patel said why Shami’s return to India’s T20 squad cannot be ruled out using Dinesh Karthik as an example. He stated in a conversation with Cricbuzz:
“If you look at Dinesh Karthik, his IPL performance helps him pick him for India. Muhammad Shami’s IPL performance was great too, he won the Gujarat Titans (GT), and was instrumental in getting those early wickets.
So, it may not be a bad choice. It will be the same bowling attack as the last World Cup, but these players have improved.”
Given the climate in Australia for the T20 World Cup, the team led by Rohit Sharma is expected to have three frontline snatchers. Buffeneshwar Kumar and Jaspreet Bumrah may have cemented their positions through their talent and experience, bringing the third tailor race to a close.
In recent years, Bengal pacer services have been restricted by the management of the Indian team to be limited to Tests and ODIs. After the 2021 T20 World Cup, Al Shami was not selected for any T20I doubles match. The T20 World Cup teams’ goals and objectives have not changed, not even after a successful IPL season that included 20 wickets.
Parthif Patel surprised by the absence of Muhammad Al-Shami
Patel said the following regarding the Indian speed bowling team for the competition:
“Powerplay is where Bhuvi plays best, if he’s swinging, I don’t think there is a better player than him.
Even if he doesn’t swing in Australia, he’ll go two games up front without a doubt, and then there’s Bumrah and Arshdeep, I’m still surprised why India’s Mohamed Shami is not considered a new ball player, especially in those circumstances.”
It’s doubtful that the right arm will quickly return to the shorter version of the game with a few T20I left before the eagerly anticipated World Cup.
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