“It will be the same bowling attack as the last T20 World Cup, but these guys have gotten better”

Former wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel has backed India to go to the 2022 T20 World Cup with the pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The Men in Blue have so far experimented with the likes of Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh for the role of third seaman leading up to the tournament.

While Shami had a successful season with the Gujarat Titans (GT) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2022, he is still not on schedule when it comes to T20Is. The right-arm pacemaker last played a T20I in national colors at the 2021 T20 World Championships, where he won six wickets in an economy of 9.57.

Using Dinesh Karthik as an example, Patel explained why Shami’s comeback in India’s T20 setup couldn’t be ruled out. In an interaction with Cribbuzz, he said:

“If you look at Dinesh Karthik, his IPL accomplishments help him get selected for India. Mohammad Shami’s performance in the IPL was also really great, he won the Gujarat Titans (GT) trophy and he was instrumental in getting those early wickets. So maybe he’s not a bad choice. It’s going to be the same bowling attack as the last World Cup, but these guys have gotten better.”

The Rohit Sharma-led crew is likely to field three frontline sailors for the T20 World Championship given the conditions in Australia. The hunt for the third sailor is over, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah arguably cementing their place with their skill and experience.

“I’m still surprised why India isn’t considering Mohammad Shami as a new bowler” – Parthiv Patel

Indian team management has limited the Bengal pacemaker’s services to tests and ODIs lately. Shami was not selected for any bilateral T20I series after the 2021 T20 World Championship. Even a strong 20-wicket IPL campaign hasn’t changed the selectors’ vision and plans for the T20 World Cup.

Discussing the Indian Pace Bowling unit for the tournament, Patel said:

“Powerplay is where Bhuvi bowls best, when it swings I don’t think there’s a better bowler than him. Even if it doesn’t swing in Australia he will no doubt bowl two overs ahead then there’s Bumrah and Arshdeep, I’m still surprised why India isn’t considering Mohammad Shami as their new ball bowler, especially in these conditions .

With only a handful of T20Is left before the long-awaited World Championship, it’s unlikely the speedy right-arm will make a comeback in the game’s shortest format.

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Edited by Aranya Chaudhury “It will be the same bowling attack as the last T20 World Cup, but these guys have gotten better”

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