IND vs SA T20: Mohammed Shami, one of India’s leading pacers, tested positive for COVID-19 around seven days ago. As a result, he was not a part of the Indian team playing three T20Is against Australia. His availability for the matches against South Africa is still in doubt. Therefore, Umran Malik has been asked to stay on standby to replace Shami (in case the bowler is unavailable).
The medical team of BCCI claims that they are not exactly clear about Shami’s medical condition and whether he could be a part of the team which will be playing the three-match T20I series and as many ODIs against South Africa from 28th September.
Lately, the Indian bowling attack has been under the scanner. In the ongoing series against Australia, the team has been found struggling to find the perfect bowling combination in the overs. As a result, the team struggled to restrict Australia in both the T20Is played so far to slam big sixes.
In such a situation, the role of Mohammed Shami becomes more important as he is capable of swinging the new ball and pitching it in good areas during death overs. Shami is one of the most experienced bowlers the Indian side has right now.
The management wanted to test Shami before the T20 World Cup. Shami’s availability for the series will be confirmed in a matter of a few days as the series is right at the corner. The 1st match of the three T20s will be played on 28th September followed by the second and the third matches on 2nd and 4th October.
The South African team has got a good track record in T20I’s played against India in India. So, let’s hope to witness yet another nail-biting series before the world cup.
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