Mohammed Shami's selection is worth the risk: Sourav Ganguly
Ganguly also lauded the selectors for retaining pacer Ashish Nehra.
The inclusion of Mohammad Shami in India’s T20 World Cup squad came as a major surprise, due to his prior hamstring injury. However, former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly believes the selection was more of a necessity, based on Umesh Yadav’s current form.
He said, “The selection of Shami is worth the risk, considering the pace he brings to the table. It is not a surprise, but a necessity for India. If he doesn’t get fit, the selectors can always find a replacement. But, they have selected him hoping he reaches optimum fitness, till the tournament begins. Umesh’s form also was taken into consideration.”
Shami, last played for India during the ODI World Cup semi-final last year. The 25-year old was initially named in the recently concluded VB series squad, but another hamstring pull, saw him fly back before the first game.
The bowling line-up remains unchanged with breakthrough pacers, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya retaining their spots. Ganguly also felt that Manish Pandey’s exclusion doesn’t affect his overall career trajectory.
He added, “In the overall scheme of things, Pandey has a bright future within the national team. This shouldn’t be majorly affecting him as these are not the only tournaments he will play. Rahane’s service to the squad makes him deserve a spot in the team. It was also great to see selectors have faith in Ashish Nehra, as I think he still has a lot to offer to the India team.”
The other notable inclusion was that of Pawan Negi, who replaces Axar Patel in the team. Speaking about India’s chances, “At home India will be a tough to beat, but there are a lot of other good teams in the mix, including the likes of New Zealand.”