T20 World Cup 2022: I would have probably got Mohammed Shami instead of Harshal Patel, says Kris Srikkanth
T20 World Cup 2022: Former India captain Kris Srikkanth on Monday said experienced pacer Mohammed Shami should have been a part of the 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, even if that meant leaving out Harshal Patel.
In Australia, the T20 championship will take place in October or November.
Jasprit Bumrah, a leader in pace, and Harshal, a specialist in death overs, were returned after regaining fitness, while the national selection committee did not include any surprises in the India squad.
Speaking on Star Sports show ‘FOLLOW THE BLUES’ post the squad announcement, the ex-chairman of selection committee said:
“If I was the chairman of the selection committee, Shami is definitely in the team.
“We are playing in Australia, the guy’s got the real action, the guy’s got bounce, he can bare the moment. And he can get on early wickets, so I would have probably got Shami instead of Harshal Patel.”
Srikkanth, a dashing opener in his playing days, added:
“Yes, Harshal Patel is a good bowler, no doubt about it, but Mohammad Shami is the right guy.
“I mean they can say not the scheme of things. He’s only for Test cricket or one day cricket but we are playing in Australia. That guy has done well last IPL, so Shami is the must in my team.”
On October 23, India will face Pakistan in their opening game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Bumrah, who had a back ailment, and Harshal, who had a side strain, underwent a rigorous rehab programme at the National Cricket Academy, and the BCCI medical panel has determined that they are healthy enough to compete in the prestigious competition.
Avesh Khan, a pacer, and Ravi Bishnoi, a leg spinner who missed out to senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for a spot in the World Cup, were the two players that didn’t make it.