Mohammed Shami, Rohit Sharma
Mohammed Shami, Rohit Sharma (Image Credits: Twitter)

Team India will take on Bangladesh in the first match of the three-match ODI series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, on Sunday, December 4. Senior players Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and others who did not take part in the New Zealand tour are back in the 50-over format.

Former Indian selector Saba Karim has stated that young fast bowlers should be brought into the Indian team due to the recent injuries of senior pacers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. The Men in Blue had to play several important matches without their fast bowling spearhead Bumrah, including Asia Cup 2022 and T20 World Cup 2022.

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

The Time Has Come To Look Beyond These Players – Saba Karim

During a discussion on India News Sports, the former keeper-batsman Saba Karim emphasized the importance of having fitter seamers in the squad and suggested that team management shift their focus to youngsters.

“It is a big concern for India that their main fast bowlers are frequently getting injured. I believe the time has come to look beyond these players. We need to create a young brigade of fast bowlers.”

Saba Karim
Saba Karim (Image Credit: Twitter)

“We need fitter bowlers who can bowl with more aggression and intensity. Once you pick four or five such youngsters, it is the job of the NCA, selectors, and the team management to handle them properly and monitor their fitness well.”

India Players Have Started Getting Injured – Rajkumar Sharma

Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma feels that the team management has struggled to manage the workload of the fast bowlers. He highlighted that injuries have suddenly increased in the past year, and the team must find a way to overcome the problem.

IND vs BAN: "We Need Fitter Bowlers Who Can Bowl With More Aggression And Intensity" - Former Indian Wicketkeeper Saba Karim
Rajkumar Sharma PC- Twitter

“Why aren’t we able to manage the workload of the fast bowlers? When you go back a year and a half, there weren’t any such issues. There surely is some problem due to which suddenly so many India players have started getting injured.”

Mohammad Shami has been ruled out of the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh with a shoulder injury. Young pace sensation Umran Malik has replaced Shami in the squad for the 50-over matches in Bangladesh. There is no confirmation regarding Shami’s availability for the Test matches.

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