Former India wicket-keeper, Parthiv Patel is wondering why Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami has been axed from India’s T20I side. Mohammed Shami was the Indian team’s lead fast bowler in the shortest format but he has fallen out of the reckoning because of the rise of newer Indian fast bowlers, who have different and unique skill sets.
The Tendency for Shami to leak runs in the death overs has pushed him down the pecking order. Speaking at a Cricbuzz panel, Parthiv said that the upcoming ODI series would be a great opportunity for Shami to get back into the limelight.
“He has a good opportunity in this ODI series to show that he can bowl in the death overs. He could vouch for his spot in the T20 World Cup. India already have Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, and if you get the quality and experience of Shami, it will make a huge difference,” Patel said.
“I am surprised as to why he is not seen as a T20 bowler. The way he bowled for Gujarat Titans, he claimed a wicket in the first over on so many occasions. Earlier it was said that he cannot bowl in the death overs, but he has been doing that pretty well for Gujarat and Punjab,” he further added.
Former India pacer RP Singh, present at the same panel, said that Shami has the ability to turn the game on its head and it does not matter if he goes for more runs than expected.
Mohammed Shami has played 17 T20 internationals so far for India. He has 18 wickets to his name at an average of 31.6. Besides, in 60 Tests, he has 216 wickets at 27.4 and 148 wickets at 25.6.