Mohammed Shami, a Team India pacer, claimed that given how well they have done recently, there is no question about the team’s ability. The fast bowler was responding to a question about how the Indian squad is developing in general and the bowling unit in particular with the 2023 World Cup in mind.
For his 3/18 in the second ODI matchup against New Zealand on January 21 in Raipur, Shami was named Player of the Match. With eight wickets in hand, India chased down the mark in 20.1 overs after bowling out the Kiwis for 108 in 34.3 overs.
In the post-game press conference that followed the game’s early conclusion, Shami was asked if he thought India will be best prepared to bowl at home during the 2023 ODI World Cup. The fast bowler responded, appearing a little let down by the observation:
“I don’t think people have any doubts about the team’s ability. The team has delivered very good results in the last 4 to 6 years”
In regard to selecting a team for the 2023 World Cup, he continued: “As for the World Cup, there is still time for it. We have many series to try out more players. It’s better to take it to match by match.”
“I see myself doing the same role”: Mohammed Shami
The development of Mohammed Siraj and Umran Malik has offered India new and young bowling options, even though Shami is the team’s senior speed bowler. When asked what type of position he envisions himself playing in the one-day team, the 32-year-old wryly responded:
“I see myself doing the same role. Since the day I came in, I have been performing the same role. I try and ensure that I stay in the same role (laughs). I want to stay fit as much as I can and contribute to the team in the big ICC tournaments coming up.”
In Raipur, Hardik Pandya and Washington Sundar each got two wickets, but Mohammed Shami stole the show with a three-fer. Each of Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and Kuldeep Yadav contributed one scalp.