‘The man has the real action’: Kris Srikkanth wanted star pacer in India’s World Cup squad for Harshal Patel

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BCCI announced India’s 15-man T20I World Cup squad on Monday, with the men of Rohit Sharma ready to start their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan. While Harshal Patel and Jasprit Bumrah have been given a place in the main squad, Mohammed Shami has only been named in the standby player list.

Following India’s exit at the 2022 Asia Cup, many former cricketers, including Ravi Shastri, had called for Mohammed Shami to be included in the World Cup squad, given that the Indian bowlers struggled to pick up wickets in the UAE.

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Shami was then chosen in the players list of the stands, alongside Deepak Chahar, Shreyas Iyer and Ravi Bishnoi.

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However, former Indian skipper Kris Srikkanth revealed that if he was the head of the selection committee, he would have chosen Shami for Harshal.

Fit-again pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah and death overs specialist Harshal were back, as the national selection committee was no surprise in the Indian squad.

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The ex-Chairman of the Selection Committee said on the Star Sports show ‘FOLLOW THE BLUES’ after the announcement of the roster: “If I was the Chairman of the Selection Committee, Shami is definitely on the team.

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“We’re playing in Australia, the man has the real action, the man bounces, he can put up with the moment and he can get early wickets, so I probably would have gotten Shami instead of Harshal Patel.”

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Srikkanth, a dashing opener in his playing days, added: “Yes, Harshal Patel is a good bowler, no doubt about it, but Mohammad Shami is the right man.

“I mean they can’t say everything, he’s only for Test cricket or a day’s cricket, but we play in Australia. That guy did well last IPL, so Shami is the must on my team.”

India will play its first match against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 23.

With inputs from PTI