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    World Cup 2019: Decision to keep Shami out in semi-final clash against NZ raises eyebrows

    Former cricketers as well as fans are wondering why India chose not to play the in-form bowler.

    New Delhi: As India face New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ICC World 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester, the decision to drop Mohammad Shami and play Bhuvneshwar Kumar has raised eyebrows, both of former cricketers and cricket fans.

    As the playing XII for the match was announced, cricketer Harsha Bhogle took to Twitter to say: “Like @SGanguly99, I admit I am surprised by the dropping of Shami. He takes wickets upfront and if you do, the death overs aren’t as critical. India batting very deep with Jadeja at 8 but it is a big call to leave out Kuldeep against a team he has done well.”

    Kuldeep Yadav has been left out for fellow spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

    Shami has had a great World Cup campaign so far, picking up 14 wickets in the four matches he has played. In the clash against Afghanistan, it was Shami’s hattrick in the last over that probably won India the match.

    The feat also made Shami only the second Indian bowler after Chetan Sharma to score a hattrick in a World Cup tournament.

    New Zealand have won the toss and elected to bat in the match at Old Trafford. All the other matches played at the ground in this World Cup have been won by the side batting first.

    New Zealand have never won a World Cup, while India have two trophies to their name.

    Also Read: World Cup 2019: Dhoni breaks yet another world record in semi-final clash against NZ

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