Team India’s prolific fast bowler, Mohammed Shami, currently sidelined with an injury, is eagerly anticipating his return to the cricket field. Despite missing the initial three games, Shami’s outstanding performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup established him as the tournament’s highest wicket-taker, claiming an impressive 24 dismissals.
Renowned for his prowess in both Test and ODI formats, Shami is now setting his sights on the T20 World Cup. While he hasn’t participated in T20 matches since the 2022 World Cup, with the primary focus on ODIs in 2023, Shami expresses his enthusiasm for a T20 comeback, contingent on his performance.
Beyond international tournaments, Shami’s excellence extends to domestic leagues, notably the IPL 2023, where he represented the Gujarat Titans and secured the prestigious Purple Cap as the season’s top wicket-taker.
His remarkable tally of 28 dismissals in the IPL highlighted his consistency and skill in the shortest format, playing a pivotal role in guiding his team to the season’s final. The combination of Shami’s stellar World Cup performance and impactful contributions in the IPL underscores his significance as a key player for both national and franchise teams.’
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Looking ahead, Shami emphasizes the importance of the upcoming IPL season in the T20 World Cup selection process, asserting that performance should be the key criterion for team selection.
“There’s still a lot of time. There’s an IPL before that. Whoever is playing well should be picked for the T20 World Cup. It’s important to be selecting the team based on the combination. If I’m performing well, I should be selected. Who will say no to the World Cup?” Mohammed Shami stated in an interview with News24.
While Shami is currently on the sidelines due to injury, fellow pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj are also rested from the ongoing T20I series against Afghanistan. However, both players are expected to return for the Test series against England, commencing on January 25.