Mohammed Shami. (Photo: Twitter)
Mohammed Shami. (Photo: Twitter)

The Men in Blue is all geared up for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 slated to start in Australia from October 16. In the interim, the BCCI have named Mohammed Shami as a replacement for injured Jasprit Bumrah in the showpiece event.

Echoing on the same lines, ex-Indian wicketkeeper-batter Robin Uthappa reckons that lack of match practice should not impact Mohammed Shami going into the T20 World Cup.

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: Twitter)

Robin Uthappa reckons Mohammed Shami’s experience will help him settle easily

Uthappa  Shami could find his range using the pre-tournament warm-up games. He also backed the Indian pacer to utilize his experience and keep things simple, which he thinks is vital in a World Cup.

Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, the 36-year-old said, “Not necessarily because I think he will get a couple of warm-up games before the tournament itself begins. So, I think for someone with his experience, it’s about muscle memory. I feel once he gets back, he will have a little bit of clarity, he will sit down with the bowling staff as well and figure out how he wants to go about his business.”

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I don’t think there will be a lack of clarity. In fact, it’ll be simpler for someone like him because he knows and understands there won’t be too much time. So, he won’t try too many things and keep things simple. You want to keep things simple in a big tournament like that.”

Robin Uthappa opines team management will have to choose between Bhvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel

While, Uthappa revealed that Shami will be one of his first-choice bowlers in the eleven alongside Arshdeep Singh, but believes India may have to choose between Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Image: Twitter

“I think he walks into the setup. It also depends upon how many fast bowlers you go with because you also have Hardik Pandya there.

“I would ideally want to go with a left-arm fast bowler because that change of angle makes a huge difference and Arshdeep is also bowling exceptionally well with the new ball. I would go with Arshdeep Singh, Shami, Bhuvi,” he concluded.

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