Shreevats Goswami, a former teammate, believes that Mukesh Kumar’s outstanding performance against Bangladesh A may have created fresh prospects for him, namely a call-up to the Indian team.
On the opening day of the second “unofficial Test,” India A dismissed Bangladesh A for 252 as the Bengal pacer bowled brilliantly, collecting figures of 6/40.
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Shami’s fitness has been called into question after he missed the Bangladesh trip due to a hand fracture. Meanwhile, his injury came on the heels of Bumrah’s, which caused him to miss the crucial T20 World Cup 2022.
Mukesh Kumar has every chance of making it big in such a setting, but as Goswami pointed out, it all hinges on if the selectors choose him in the first place.
Returning to the practice match, Kumar received solid support from senior pacer Umesh Yadav (2/55 in 16 overs), who warmed up well for the two-Test series, which begins on December 14 in Chattogram.
“Brilliant performance with the ball once again by Mukesh Kumar”: Shreevats Goswami
For India A squad, Mukesh Kumar has been a revelation ever since he made his debut in the series against New Zealand A when he also scored five wickets.
Mukesh Kumar might be a “like for like” replacement for Mohammed Shami, as per Shreevats Goswami, who has personally observed him play for the Bengal Ranji squad.
Brilliant performance with the ball once again by @ksmukku4 picking 6fer . This should definitely make him top contender to replace @MdShami11 for the test match unless the selectors decides otherwise .been consistent for india A & a like for like replacement .
— Shreevats goswami (@shreevats1) December 6, 2022
“Brilliant performance with the ball once again by @ksmukku4 picking 6fer. This should definitely make him a top contender to replace @MdShami11 for the test match unless the selectors decide otherwise .been consistent for India A & a like for like replacement,” he tweeted.
At stumps, India A was 11 for no loss. It was Umesh, who got the first breakthrough with an inswinger (outswinger for left-hander) to get rid of Shadman Islam who was caught by Sarfaraz Khan in the slip cordon.