Why did Umesh Yadav join the team instead of Shami? Captain reveals ‘insider talk’

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New Delhi: Team India fast bowler Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the T20 series against Australia after testing positive for Covid. After Shami’s exit, fast bowler Umesh Yadav got a spot on Team India.

The Indian team captain responded openly to the whole affair after the development.

Many players are injured and some are sick – Rohit

Captain Rohit Sharma said in a news conference on Sunday: “We had some options but many of them are injured like Prasidh Krishna. Mohammad Siraj plays county and we don’t want him coming here after such a long journey to maybe play a game or two. That would not be appropriate.

“Too bad to have Shami from the series”

Rohit Sharma said that it was obviously unfortunate that Shami was eliminated from the series, Avesh Khan was very ill at the Asia Cup and he needs some time to recover. From a fitness perspective, they need some time to rebuild their fitness. All of these things have been taken into account.

How Umesh bowled in IPL – Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma continued: “Whatever format players like Shami and Yadav played in, they proved themselves as players. If they are fit and healthy, they will be called back into the team. We don’t have to look at his form, we saw Umesh bowling in IPL.

Why was Umesh Yadav included in the team?

Referring to Umesh Yadav’s selection, Rohit Sharma said that “he bowled really well in the IPL, he swings the ball…bowls fast. Making the decision was actually very easy, we didn’t have much to discuss.

With the World Cup in mind, we tried out a lot of players. We are very clear about our thought process and how we want to move forward.



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