Indian cricket lately has had problem of plenty when it comes to selecting a team for a particular tournament or any bilateral series.
The massive fan following India team has all across the globe and a pool of many famous ex-Indian cricketers, don’t hold back with their opinion if any of the talented players are dropped or rested from any of the important tournaments that the team plays.
After India’s unexpected and heart-breaking loss to Sri Lanka last evening in the Asia Cup 2022, former Indian team head coach, Ravi Shastri highlighted the fact that India made a big mistake by not availing the services of the experienced fast bowler Mohammed Shami.
The UP born fast bowler had a great run in the shortest format of the game in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League for Gujarat Titans. He was an integral part of the team which eventually ended winning the title as well.
The Indian pacer bagged 18 wickets in the season and despite somewhat similar pitch conditions in the UAE, it was quite surprising that Shami was ignored by the team selectors for the Asia Cup.
Ravi Shastri, who has had a very successful stint as the head coach of team India, knows the current Indian crop very well and he felt that with so much experience that Shami has, he should’ve been a part of the Indian squad. Shastri very boldly stated the fact that the Indian bowling line-up wasn’t up to the mark for a tournament as big as the Asia Cup.
When asked about Shami’s exclusion from the team, Shastri said,” I am completely amazed to see how Mohammed Shami has been side-lined by the Indian team management & selectors,”.
“The Indian bowling hasn’t looked that effective in this year’s Asia Cup. A veteran like Shami should have certainly made it to the squad,” the former Indian head coach added.