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Mohammed Siraj’s brilliance and Mohammed Shami’s resurgence augur nicely for India in ODI World Cup yr

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Akshay Ramesh

within the lead-up to the ODI World Cup, the Indian group administration can be in a cheerful place as Mohammed Shami appears to have discovered his mojo again within the 50-over format whereas Mohammed Siraj is popping out to be the brand new chief of the pack.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 23, 2023 19:44 IST

Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj have impressed in ODIs for India (AP Photo)

By Akshay Ramesh: Even when there’s an abundance of expertise within the pace-bowling division within the lead-up to the ODI World Cup, the emergence of a totally match and firing Mohammed Shami is nice information for the Indian group. Add a fiery Mohammed Siraj to that line-up, a fit-again Jasprit Bumrah and the categorical tempo of Umran Malik to go along with all-round choices of Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur, India appear to have the appropriate elements for a fruitful World Cup at house later in October-November.

Mohammed Shami has performed solely 3 of India’s 29 ODIs because the begin of 2022 however the pacer has actually put his hand as much as be within the combine for the World Cup later this yr.

Shami has not been common in T20Is and ODIs for India and actually, eyebrows had been raised when he was slotted within the T20 World Cup squad final yr after having not performed the shortest format for near a yr.

India didn’t choose Mohammed Shami for ODIs in 2021 and he performed simply performed 3 matches in 2022. The 32-year-old has been considered one of India’s main pacers in Tests and workload administration has, to a sure extent, disadvantaged him of white-ball motion. Despite being a constant performer within the Indian Premier League (IPL), Shami was making sporadic appearances in white-ball cricket on the highest degree.

However, an extended damage layoff to Jasprit Bumrah has compelled the selectors to depend on Mohammed Shami for expertise within the ODI bowling line-up. India tried Prasidh Krishna 14 matches in 2021-22 earlier than he picked up a again damage in September 2022.

Shami has picked up 7 wickets in 5 ODIs in 2023 (AP Photo)

On Saturday, on a inexperienced prime in Raipur, Shami showcased why it is not ultimate to look past him when selecting the squad for the showpiece occasion later this yr. The Bengal pacer was making the ball speak as New Zealand’s prime order was rocked. Shami’s upright seam was a nightmare for the New Zealand batters because the pacer picked up 3 wickets in his 6-over spell, bowling a maiden.

He was in a position to beat each the sides of the bat as early as the primary over in Raipur and set-up New Zealand’s Finn Allen with 3 outswingers earlier than bringing one again. It was his expertise that was on show as he rattled the New Zealand batters with good assist from Siraj and Hardik.

Shami’s ability to make good use of each the brand new ball and the outdated ball will turn out to be useful alongside together with his expertise of getting performed the most important tournaments for India through the years. From the 2015 World Cup, Shami has been a relentless presence in India’s World Cup and different main tournaments.


On the opposite hand, Siraj has made fast strides in ODI cricket over the past 18 months. The Hyderabad pacer’s skill to choose up wickets with the brand new ball is coming in helpful.

Siraj is the sixth main wicket-taker in ODIs because the begin of 2021. No Indian bowler has taken extra wickets than the 28-year-old’s tally of 38 wickets within the stated interval.

Siraj’s skill to tirelessly run in and bowl the powerful overs has earned him a whole lot of reward. A secret weapon in his armoury is the wobbly seam that has helped him get the ball to maneuver into the batters with a touch of unpredictability.

Captain Rohit Sharma highlighted that Siraj has began to change into extra conscious of his strengths and weaknesses within the 50-over format, constructing on his success in Test cricket.

“Siraj has started understanding his bowling and what the team wants from him. Overall he has become a very good bowler for the team, one who can take wickets with the new ball and in the middle overs,” Rohit stated after Siraj’s dreamy outings in opposition to Sri Lanka within the New Year.

The new chief of India’s ODI bowling line-up (AP Photo)

Siraj, who picked up back-to-back 4-wicket hauls in ODIs in January, stated he was decided to work on his white-ball expertise after a poor outing with Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2022.

And his readability of thought must be encouraging for the group administration, who’re hoping to tick all containers after a collection of World Cup disappointments within the current previous.

“I don’t want to focus a lot on end results. Earlier, I used to think a lot about my performance. Nowadays, I have started to realise that regardless of my performance,

“I need to be in line with strains and lengths with every supply I bowl. Then my efficiency slowly began to enhance. Even after I do not choose wickets, I needed to be glad with bowling good strains and lengths,” Siraj had stated.

India’s seam-bowling assault within the lead-up to the World Cup is in a cheerful place. Managing the workload of their star bowlers, together with Siraj, Shami and Bumrah, will probably be key as they put together the title protection on the ODI World Cup.

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Jan 23, 2023