Mohammed Shami has once again proved his worth in the ODI World Cup, showcasing his exceptional bowling skills on the field. Despite being initially benched, Shami took advantage of his opportunity when other players were injured, emerging as a key player for the Indian team.
In the match against England, Shami's outstanding figures of 4 wickets for just 22 runs paved the way for India's victory. He displayed a menacing approach, charging in to attack the opposition batsmen relentlessly. This level of performance is not new for Shami, who has consistently delivered in the IPL as well.
With an impressive record of 40 wickets in just 13 matches, including six 4-wicket-hauls and two 5-fers, Shami has already left his mark in the ODI World Cup's Hall of Fame. His average of 8.44 and strike rate of 11.33 outshine any other bowler in the tournament.
Shami's outstanding performance raises questions about why he has been sparingly used in previous World Cups. However, with his current form, it would be difficult for the team management to drop him. He brings not only wickets but also an attacking streak with his relentless bowling, targeting the stumps.
While Shami shines, his fellow teammate Mohammed Siraj has struggled to make an impact, apart from a notable match against Pakistan. The lack of swing and favorable conditions has affected Siraj's performance, highlighting Shami's importance to the team. Both players would want to impress to secure their place in the knockout rounds when Hardik Pandya returns.
In the upcoming match in Mumbai against Sri Lanka, India's team management may use the opportunity to evaluate the trio of Bumrah-Siraj-Shami bowling together. The Wankhede stadium, known for its true bounce, will test their skills under the scorching sun. However, captain Rohit Sharma also remains open to the possibility of playing three spinners.
Shami's ability to perform under pressure and his partnership with Bumrah make him an invaluable asset to the Indian team. With his exceptional performances in the ODI World Cup, Shami has undoubtedly made up for lost time and solidified his position as a key player.