Former Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar might not have been part of a winning team of a Test series in Australia; however, he understands what it takes to emerge victorious. Sachin Tendulkar weighed in on India’s chances in their ongoing Test series against Australia, especially after losing the first Tests convincingly. One of his primary concerns was Mohammed Shami, who he believes the tourists will miss dearly.
Mohammed Shami, one of India’s vital cogs of their pace-bowling attack, will play no further part in the series after copping a blow to his forearm. The right-arm pacer suffered the same when batting in the second innings of the first Test against Pat Cummins and could not bat. He did not return to the field to bowl and the scans later revealed his ruling out of the series. While Shami did not claim any wicket in the first Test, he was one of the chief architects when India won their first Test series in Australia in 2018-19.
Amongst a host of changes India set to carry out for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, the visitors would also be forced to replace Mohammed Shami. Shami, one of the certain starters in all four Tests, will indeed be a massive blow for the reigning holders of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India will most likely hand a debut to Mohammed Siraj at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
He has been one of the leading bowlers, without a doubt: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar reckons that India will miss Mohammed Shami, without doubt, claiming that he has been one of their leading bowlers and a crucial element of their bowling attack. The 47-year old added that along with Jasprit Bumrah, Shami was a certain starter and India lost him at the wrong time.
“India will 100 per cent miss Shami. He has been one of the leading bowlers, without a doubt. He’s really done well in the past and he’s an important element of our bowling attack; one of our spearheads. Along with Jasprit Bumrah, he was the preferred choice and one was only looking at the third seamer for the third Test,” Tendulkar told Times of India.