The 2021 T20 FIFA World Cup has been hotly debated since the postponement of the 2021 IPL was announced. Despite the fact that it was always supposed to take place in the last quarter of the year in India as well, the excitement around it grew amid talks about changing the host country due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now that the BCCI has announced the dates, experts and cricketers have already started thinking about team combinations. The last to join the cause was Aakash Chopra, and with him he brought bad news for Mohammed Shami.
According to former India rookie Chopra, right-handed pacer Shami is not suitable for an automatic pickaxe as a seamer for India at World T20. Even though Shami was the only bright star during the recently concluded WTC final against New Zealand, thanks to his four wickets in the opening innings, Chopra feels like it might be in the scheme of things if he plays against England.
In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra was asked if Mohammed Shami could repeat his performance in the WTC final at the T20 World Cup. He said, “Shami is not an automatic choice. You want him to be there. He performed well for the Kings XI Punjab in Dubai, but he was almost okay for the Punjab Kings here. He came back from injury and had no rhythm. … “
He went on to add: “If you are talking about T20, this is the only format in which Shami does not immediately enter the team. But if the player continues to do well, he will conduct five tests, and then an IPL, if he is promoting this form, of course, why not. “
Speaking about one of India’s most successful bowlers in the shortest format, Bhuvneshwar Kumara, Chopra said he should be preferred to Shami.
“Shami’s T20 numbers are in order. They were never outstanding. And because of this, he is also not a part of every T20 team. Especially if you see this command, you will not hesitate to place Boomra in this T20 team. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar are ahead of him on this list or are on the same level. Then there will be T. Natarajan. You will want to consider it as soon as it becomes usable and available, ”explained Chopra.
The 43-year-old athlete ranked Shami fourth in the ranking of Indian seamers at the T20 World Championship. Chopra pointed out:
“If I have to make the first three picks – Bumra is number 1, Bhuvi is number 2, I go with Deepak Chahar as number three, and then I will have Shami at age four. I have Natarajan at five. But Shardul Thakur is also there, there is actually a crowd – Siraj and Umesh are also there. But that will be my hierarchy. Shami is in my top four, but he is not in my first two. My first two will be Bumra, Bhuvi and I will want to start with only those. “
Shami hasn’t played much T20 cricket for the national team, knocking out 12 wickets in the same number of games. What’s more, he currently has an average of 9.80 runs per over.