Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has stated that he will play Mohammed Shami instead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the starting matches of the World Cup. Shami’s current form is great – which gives him an edge over Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, on the other hand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar hasn’t been at his best since he has made a comeback after a back injury.
Mohammed Shami has been spectacular for the India National Cricket Team. Shami was adjudged the Man of the series as he had scalped nine wickets in the four matches he had played against New Zealand. The Bengal fast bowler made a roaring comeback to the white ball format and carried his Test form into the limited overs version.
Mohammed Shami’s current form can work in his favour.
Furthermore, Shami has bowled with fire and he bowls with a perfect seam-up position. Hence, Shami also gets the extra zip and has the pace under his belt to breathe down the neck of the opposition batsmen. Moreover, he had also become the fastest Indian bowler to take 100 ODI wickets as he got there in just 56 matches.
“I’ll play Mohammad Shami. He has not only been good in the IPL but has been brilliant throughout the year for India. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has had a dip in form over the last 4-5 months. I’m a fan of Bhuvi but it’s all about temperament and attitude. I believe he will come back stronger,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by India TV on Cricket ki Baat.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami’s form in the Indian Premier League was also good. The gun fast bowler scalped 19 wickets in the 14 matches he played for the Kings XI Punjab. Consequently, it was the best ever IPL season for Shami.
On the other side, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has lost his spark. It seems that he is looking to contain the batsmen rather than go for the wickets. Hence, it would be interesting to note who would be the first choice fast bowler along with Jasprit Bumrah.
India lost their first warm-up match against New Zealand by six wickets. Men in Blue will play their second warm-up match against Bangladesh on 28th May. India will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on 5th June at Southampton.