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.
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.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 9, 2019
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.
Okay with Chahal over Kuldeep. Not so much for Shami’s exclusion. Only five bowlers is a possible concern but from that perspective, bowling first isn’t that bad a thing. India bats deep with this combination. #CWC19 #IndvNZ
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 9, 2019
Missing Shami are we now?
— Ershad Kaleebullah (@r3dash) July 9, 2019
What a bad decision to pick an expensive bowler like Chahal over Shami who has taken so many wickets #NZvIND
— Varun Krishnan (@varunkrish) July 9, 2019
— Rahul Ganjoo (@elegantlywasted) July 9, 2019
— Rishi Joshi (@joshirishi_) July 9, 2019
— Cricket panditt (@seee774) July 9, 2019
— Priyankarawat (@Priyank62435140) July 9, 2019
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.
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