Mohammed Shami, India fast bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Shami's form, fitness make him important ingredient of India's pace attack

Shami's fitness and his bowling on the recent tours of Australia and New Zealand ended the team’s quest for a reliable fast bowler to team up with the other two.

G Rajaraman, May 17, 2019 12:09:08 IST

Mohammed Shami seemed lost to white-ball cricket after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, battling with injuries and personal issues, but he has put all of that behind to stage a remarkable comeback to be in the mix along with Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as India’s new-ball attack this time in England and Wales.

File image of Mohammed Shami. Twitter @BCCI

File image of Mohammed Shami. Twitter @BCCI

Shami's fitness and his bowling on the recent tours of Australia and New Zealand ended the team’s quest for a reliable fast bowler to team up with the other two.

Shami’s lead partners from the 2015 edition, Mohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav, receded to the background with fitness and form issues. India had tried a number of new-ball bowlers when Shami was away from the squad, but the selectors and the team management saw reason to welcome him back in the fold.

For, he showed that he had not lost any of his skills and that his bowling retained the bite that made him such a valued member of the team. The 14 wickets that he picked up in Australia and New Zealand were his way of expressing himself after his rehabilitation and workload were managed well in the four years since he had knee surgery immediately after the last World Cup. More than anything else, his mental strength is what makes him a prized asset to the team.

To be sure, if the tracks in England are on the flatter side, leaning towards the batsmen, Shami and his fellow quick bowlers have the ability to fall back on the traditional strengths of line and length as well reverse swing with the old ball to restrict the scoring and peg a few wickets back. It is this quality that Shami will be expected to showcase relentlessly even as he unravels his whole range of skills on more helpful pitches.

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Updated Date: May 17, 2019 12:41:10 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254