Rohit Sharma spoke about Shami’s addition in the squad

Rohit Sharma

Team India is all set to pad up on 23rd October for their T20 World Cup campaign. That day, they will face their big arch-rival Pakistan. Led by Rohit Sharma, the men in blue will also play two warm-up games. One will be on 17th October against Australia, while the other will be in 19th October against New Zealand19. India, this Friday, had made their final announcement of adding Shami in the squad. Mohammed Shami will be the replacement of Jasprit Bumrah who is suffering a back injury now.

Shami however, hasn’t been in the T-20I scenes since the last T20 World Cup. He was however, there in the Indian T20I side for the Australia and the South Africa series last month. But, unfortunately, he got infected with Covid-19. Henceforth, he missed both the series. After his recovery, he started practicing at the NCA (National Cricket Academy). Thereafter, he flew to Australia for his WC campaign.

We give chances to youngsters to improve out bench strength: Rohit Sharma

All the captains of 16 participating teams attended the pre T20 WC press conference. There, Rohit Sharma expressed his views on adding Shami in place Bumrah in the squad.

Rohit said,

“Injuries are part of the game. Nothing much can be done about it. If you play so many games, there will be injury. Our focus is on improving bench strength. That’s why you saw that we give chances to youngsters.”

He added,

“Shami was down with Covid 2-3 weeks ago. He was at his home, sitting on his farmhouse. Then we called him to NCA. He worked hard there.”

While speaking about Shami’s come back to the total fitness, Rohit said that Shami had 3-4 fully intensified net sessions.

Rohit said,

“He is in Brisbane now. Indian team will reach Brisbane tomorrow. He will practice with team. Shami is very positive, his recovery has been good. He has done 3-4 bowling sessions with full intensity. Everything is going good with Shami. We have tried a lot to manage players, but unfortunately injuries are part of the game. That’s why, our focus was on preparing the bench. Injuries can happen anytime. We wanted to give chances to the young bowlers.”

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