Ravi Shastri Couldn’t Digest The Fact That Mohammed Shami Is Sitting At Home
By CricShots - Sep 7, 2022 2:05 pm
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Former Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri seems unhappy with the Indian team management’s decision to select only four fast bowlers for the Asia Cup T20 2022, saying that he was baffled to see an experienced seamer Mohammed Shami sitting at home despite having a strong IPL season. Shastri’s comments came after India witnessed a six-wicket loss against Sri Lanka in their super four-stage match of the Asia Cup on Tuesday which will lead to elimination of the men in blue. 

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami bowled a brilliant delivery

The result left the Men in Blue at the mercy of the other teams to even stand a chance to qualify to the final. It also meant that India skipper Rohit Sharma’s scintillating 41-ball 72 went in vain, as the islanders completed a chase of 174 with a ball to spare.

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Mohammed Shami last played the shortest format of the game in the 2021 T20 World Cup and hasn’t been called up to the squad since then despite being in a brilliant form while playing for the Gujarat Titans in their maiden campaign. He finished the edition with 20 wickets in 16 games at 24.40 as the Titans lifted the trophy in their first season.

However, Mohammed Shami was not picked in India’s Asia Cup squad as Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were selected by the team management for the T20 tournament.

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri

Dyring a chat on star Sports, Ravi Shastri said, “I was quite surprised that you came here with just 4 fast bowlers. You needed that extra one. Someone like Mohammed Shami sitting at home baffles me. After the IPL for him not making the cut.”

Wasim Akram then asked Shastri: Does the coach have input in selecting the team? “He does. He is not part of the selection. He can contribute,” Shastri added.

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Notably, Shami did not feature in the home series against New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and South Africa. He was also not picked for the away series against Ireland, England, and West Indies. Mohammed Shami has 18 scalps in 17 T20Is at 31.55, having made his first appearance against Pakistan in Mirpur in 2014.