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Mohammed Shami ruled out of T20I series vs Australia due to Covid, BCCI announces Umesh Yadav as replacement

The former India coach Ravi Shastri was one among them who voices in support of Mohammed Shami during India’s poor run in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022.

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Team India star pacer Mohammad Shami, who was named as a standby for the upcoming T20 World Cup squad after an outpouring of criticism over his 10-month absence from the T20 squad, has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match T20I series against Australia after testing positive for Covid-19.

The BCCI confirmed the news on Sunday and has named Umesh Yadav, who last played a T20I in February 2019 against Australia, as his replacement.

In its official press release, the BCCI said fast bowler Mohammed Shami will not be able to take part in the upcoming three-day T20I series against Australia after testing Covid positive.

Shami has been picked in team India for the T20I series against Australia and South Africa.

Currently, Yadav is in Bangalore’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) where he is in rehab after he injured his quad muscle during his English county season with Middlesex.

The 34-year-old last played a T20I for India in February 2019 but has been a regular in IPL. He played for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021 and finished as their second-highest wicket-taker with 16 wickets in 12 matches.

The former India coach Ravi Shastri was one among them who voices in support of Mohammed Shami during India’s poor run in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022.

Talking to Star Sports, Shastri had said someone like Mohammed Shami sitting at home baffles him. After the IPL for him not making the cut.

Shami had picked 20 wickets from 16 IPL games in 2022 for the debutant Gujarat Lions at an average of 24.40 and an economy rate of 8 per over. He took the most wickets in powerplay among all bowlers in the 2022 IPL, taking 11 wickets at an economy rate of 6.62.

India squad for Australia series: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.

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IND vs SA: Unexpected rain in Lucknow delays first ODI, Shikhar Dhawan leading Team India

On October 6, 9, and 11, India will host South Africa for one-day internationals in Lucknow, Ranchi, and Delhi, respectively.

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After the T20 series victory against South Africa by 2-1, Team India is all set to cross swords with South Africa in the three match ODI series. But seems like cricket fans will have to witness the magic as the unexpected rain in Lucknow has delayed the match.

The first ODI match will be played in Lucknow’s Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, commonly known as Ekana Cricket Stadium, on Thursday. However, the match was slated to begin at 12:00 pm but the latest update suggests, that after a short inspection, toss will be held at 1:30 pm and match will begin at 2:00 pm.

Shreyas Iyer has been named the vice captain of India, while Shikhar Dhawan will be leading Men In Blue for the ODI series against Proteas as the senior team has left for Australia. After defeating Australia and South Africa in T20 series but 2-1, senior Team India along with skipper Rohit Sharma and former captain Virat Kohli has left for Australia where the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be played.

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Despite India missing their star and senior players, the team will be hoping to deliver in the ODI series against South Africa. Shikhar Dhawan’s side has the players and the class to register another series win in the ODI format. However, it is not going to be a cakewalk as India lost the last T20 match with the absence of just KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. And now the almost new team will face a strong South African side.

IND vs SA ODI Series Schedule:

First ODI: October 6 at Lucknow

Second ODI: October 9 at Ranchi

Third ODI: October 11 at Delhi

Probable playing XI for IND vs SA ODI Series

South Africa: Temba Bavuma (Captain), Quinton de Kock (Vice Captain and Wicket Keeper), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.

India: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Sanju Samson (Wicket Keeper), Shreyas Iyer (Vice Captain), Ishan Kishan, Shubhman Gill, Shardul Thakur, Shahbaz Ahmed, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Siraj and Deepak Chahar.

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T20 World Cup 2022: Team India leaves for Australia, checkout the pictures

The World Cup 2022 tournament will initiate on October 16 with the qualifying round matches, and later the Super 12s will begin from October 22.

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After defeating Australia and South Africa in T20 series but 2-1, Team India along with skipper Rohit Sharma and former captain Virat Kohli has left for Australia where the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be played. The Board of Cricket Council in India (BCCI) shared the official update through it’s Twitter handle.

The 14-member Indian squad along with Head Coach Rahul Dravid and team staff left for Australia from Mumbai on Thursday. The World Cup 2022 tournament will initiate on October 16 with the qualifying round matches, and later the Super 12s will begin from October 22.

The Rohit Sharma-led Indian team will kickstart their campaign against their arch-rivals, Pakistan on October 23 at Melbourne Cricket Ground. This will be a repeat of last year’s T20 World Cup opener for both the teams.

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Several cricketers like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik have also shared pictures via their respective Twitter and Instagram Handle. Check out the pictures.

Team India has left two weeks before the start of their T20 World Cup campaign. The team management has given this time for Men In Blue to get acquainted with the Australian conditions well in advance.

The reason behind this is the fact that at least half of the Indian players selected for the T20 World Cup 2022 haven’t yet experience the playing conditions in Australia before. Hence, to help them get used to the bounce there and get some good practice time, Indian team management have decided to travel there in advance.

Team India squad for T20 WC 2022

Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (WK), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.

Standby: Mohammad Shami, Deepak Chahar, Shreyas Iyer and Ravi Bishnoi

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IND vs PAK: Is Mohammed Shami the replacement for Jasprit Bumrah in T20 World Cup 2022?

ICC T20 World Cup 2022 will begin from October 16 but India will kickstart their campaign on October 23 against their arch rivals Pakistan in Melbourne.

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India’s worst fear regarding Jasprit Bumrah has finally come true. The ace fast bowler has been ruled out of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 due to injury. Bumrah made a comeback in international cricket after six months in the India vs Australia T20 series.

And later due to the complaints of back niggle, he was ruled out of the bilateral series. But finally after much anticipation, BCCI made the official confirmation last night that pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the mega tournament due to a back injury.

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And now reports have been making rounds on the internet that India’s most experienced pacer Mohammed Shami is most likely to replace Bumrah in the 15-member squad for the World Cup while Mohammed Siraj will travel to Australia as a standby. It seems like BCCI had to choose between Deepak Chahar and Shami, when Bumrah eventually failed to make the cut.

But now that Harshal Patel is not having his mojo back with Bumrah struggling with his placement of ball, Harshdeep and Deepak Chahar along with Mohammed Shami will be India’s only hopes.

When it comes to spinner, Ravindra Jadeja is out of the tournament due to his injury and Yuzi Chahal is also out of form. It will be interesting to see if skipper Rohit Sharma will include Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI or not. Hardik Pandya’s performance with the bat and ball, both will be crucial for India.

ICC T20 World Cup 2022 will begin on October 16 but India will kickstart their campaign on October 23 against their arch rivals Pakistan in Melbourne.

Team India squad for T20 WC 2022

Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (WK), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.

Standby: Mohammad Shami, Deepak Chahar, Shreyas Iyer and Ravi Bishnoi

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