Former Indian National Cricket team fast bowler Ashish Nehra has backed Mohammed Shami to be in India’s 2019 ICC World Cup squad in England and Wales later this year. Meanwhile, Shami has been irregular in the ODI squad since the 2015 World Cup.
However, the pacer from Bengal is currently playing the ODI series against Australia and will be aiming to make a mark with the World Cup in sight. Although he returned wicketless, Shami bowled a good line and length until Marcus Stoinis smacked him in the death overs. Moreover, India lost the game by 34 runs to go 1-0 down in the three-match series.
Mohammed Shami, a regular feature in the Test side, is yet to cement a spot in the limited-overs side. A number of injuries have gone against him and with now with the World Cup coming in, the selectors are trying to bring him back in the scheme of things. Given his experience and ability to swing both ways, Shami will be a handy customer in England.
Speaking to Mumbai Mirror about India’s pace battery in the World Cup, Ashish Nehra backed Mohammed Shami along with regulars Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He also added the experience of Shami will give him a nod ahead of Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammad Siraj.
“You will need a pool of fast bowlers because the World Cup is in England and there are two new balls. I think Shami and Umesh can do well. Shami is a good one-day bowler. If you ask me, Bumrah, Shami, and Bhuvneshwar will be my top three choices,” Nehra said to Mumbai Mirror.
“It is too early to say if Khaleel is ready for the World Cup. There will be pressure. Khaleel and Siraj have less experience and they can panic. Shami has loads of experience. You also have to keep in mind the injuries. As of now, Bhuveshwar and Bumrah are the certainties,” he concluded.