England vs India: Mohammed Shami, Indian Bowler To Watch

Updated: 29 June 2019 23:04 IST

Hat-trick man Mohammed Shami had to wait patiently for his chance in World Cup 2019. But when it came, he grabbed it with both hands.

England vs India: Mohammed Shami, Indian Bowler To Watch
Mohammed Shami was not the Indian team's first choice © AFP

Mohammed Shami was not the Indian team's first choice when they reached England for their World Cup 2019 matches. The move was a little bit of a surprise but Bhuvneshwar Kumar got the nod ahead of Shami when it came time to select playing XIs for India's matches. But once Bhuvi suffered a hamstring strain while bowling against Pakistan, Mohammed Shami was called up and he didn't look back. A match-winning hat-trick against Afghanistan was followed by another fine bowling display against the West Indies. And with India looking good to make it to the semi-finals, Mohammed Shami may well get some more opportunities, especially if Bhuvneshwar Kumar is to be rested further.

Mohammed Shami has been in the Indian scheme of things for a while now. He made his One-day International (ODI) debut against Pakistan at New Delhi in January 2013 and in 65 ODIs (64 innings), Shami has claimed 121 wickets at an economy of 5.42 and a strike rate of 27.5. Shami has eight four-wicket hauls, with 4/16 being his best.

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Highlights
  • Mohammed Shami had to wait patiently for his chance in World Cup 2019
  • Shami has been in the Indian scheme of things for a while now
  • He made his One-day International (ODI) debut against Pakistan
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