The Indian fast bowler, Mohammed Shami has been rested for the upcoming limited-overs series against West Indies at home starting February 6. The decision seems to have been made taken citing India’s hectic schedule with the workload management policy as Shami has been playing continuously for the last few months.
At the same time, Mohammaed Shami has also clarified that the thought of leading Team India hasn’t crossed his mind yet, but he is ready to take any responsibility the team will expect him to fulfill.
During a recent chat on India.com., Mohammed Shami said, “I am not thinking too much about captaincy at the moment. I am ready for whatever responsibility is given to me. To be honest, who doesn’t want to captain the India team but it is not the only thing and I am looking to contribute in whichever manner possible for the team.”
Mohammed Shami has often been termed as one of the most fearful fast bowlers in Team India in the last few years but, the Bengal pacer has also made it clear that he is available for selection across formats. He said, “I am available for selection in all formats and if it happens, I am more than looking forward to it.”
The fiery Indian pacer had scalped 14 wickets in the three-match Test series against South Africa. Despite drawing first blood at Centurion, India ended up losing the series 1-2 from a position of strength with losses at Johannesburg and Cape Town respectively. The Men In Blue were then whitewashed in the three-match ODI series after the Tests.
India will now be hosting the West Indies in three One Day Internationals and as many T20Is. A returning Rohit Sharma will be leading the Indian side in the upcoming white-ball bilateral series while KL Rahul will be serving as his deputy. The ODIs will be played at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium on February 6, 9, and 11 while the T20I series will be played at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on February 16,18, and, 20 respectively.