Watch as Mohammed Shami bowls a wild last over against Australia in a World Cup warm-up match, going W, W, W, W.
Mohammed Shami improved his chances of making India’s playing XI for the T20 World Cup after delivering a ferocious, game-winning over to help his team win against Australia in Brisbane on Monday.Shami, who hasn’t been in a T20I match for India since the World Cup last year, didn’t make the playing XI but entered the game to bowl the game’s final over with Australia needing 11 runs to win. And while India defeated Australia by six runs at the Gabba, Shami, who was formally chosen as Jasprit Bumrah’s successor by the BCCI last week, took three wickets while conceding just four runs.
Despite the fact that Shami gave up two doubles off the first two balls of the over, what followed was unexpected. Pat Cummins was dismissed by Shami after being caught in the deep by Virat Kohli, who also hit a one-handed screamer to long on. In order to make it seven needed off of two, Shami immediately after it ran out Ashton Agar at the non-end. striker’s Australia’s dreams of tying were dashed by Shami, who bowled Australia out for 180 after removing Kane Richardson with a blazing yorker and knocking over Josh Inglis with the penultimate delivery.
With Bumrah out injured, India’s death bowling issues have surfaced. Shami’s memorable over promises to address these issues. India possessed a strong bowling attack with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, and Harshal Patel, but it lacked genuine pace because none of the three quicks are express bowlers. For a while, it appeared that Shami needed more time, and with each day that went by, the likelihood of the India fast showing up for the Pakistan match decreased.
But when Australia least expected it, captain Rohit Sharma pulled an ace and released Shami. Shami, the “super-sub,” in and bowed his back to send the home team away.Shami was a last-minute addition, and Bumrah was a last-minute substitution. Shami was selected for the Australia T20I squad, but his return was postponed due to Covid, which further disqualified him from the South Africa T20I and ODI series. If Shami’s Instagram story of boarding a flight to Australia wasn’t convincing enough, the fact that he had just clean bowled Dinesh Karthik in the nets the day before undoubtedly was. Shami was at the NCA working hard to return.
If there were any lingering concerns about Shami’s match-fitness, now is a good day to start dispelling them. In order to show the team management that he is actually match-ready, Shami will bowl all four overs in the final World Cup warm-up game India plays against New Zealand.
The two stars, in addition to Shami, were KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav, who both struck significant half-centuries to lead India to 186/7. Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik got starts but were unable to capitalise, while Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya struggled to get going.
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