Last Update on: September 18th, 2022 at 06:37 pm
Ex-India cricketer-turned-pundit Aakash Chopra has questioned India’s selection calls for the home series against Australia. Chopra highlighted the call-up of Umesh Yadav, who has been brought in as a replacement for Mohammed Shami.
Umesh Yadav has not been in the spanner of works for the Indian team for a while now and last featured for the national side in 2019.
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“Since the last World Cup, India has played loads of T20i games but Md. Shami and Umesh Yadav didn’t feature in any one of them and with just four weeks to the World Cup, both have become a part of the plans. Plans gone a little awry?” questioned Aakash Chopra on Twitter.
Since the last World Cup, India has played loads of T20i games but Md. Shami and Umesh Yadav didn’t feature in any one of them…and with just four weeks to the World Cup, both have become a part of the plans. Plans gone a little awry?
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 18, 2022
Mohammed Shami was hit with poor luck after the pacer was forced to be ruled out for the Australia series and Umesh Yadav was added in his place. Speaking ahead of the series, India captain Rohit Sharma said that veterans like Umesh Yadav and Shami are automatic choices having played for numerous years.
India skipper Rohit Sharma backs the selection of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami
Rohit said in a pre-match press conference, “Guys like Umesh, Shami, who have been bowling for a long time. They do not need to be playing a format to be considered.
“They have proven themselves as players in whichever format they have played. We understand the quality, it is the new guys on whom it will depend whether they have played this format or not. But guys like Umesh and Shami, if they are fit and fine, they will be called back”.