India vs Australia T20Is 2022: Mohammad Shami ruled out, Umesh Yadav called in 

Mohammad Shami has tested coronavirus positive ahead of the Australia series

It has been a testing time period for Indian fast bowler Mohammad Shami who was all set to make a comeback in the shortest format of cricket but testing Coronavirus positive has deleted his plans ahead of the upcoming three match ODI series against Australia. Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the series starting on Tuesday in Mohali, and right-armpacer Umesh Yadav has been called in as a replacement in the Indian squad.

Mohammed Shami is perhaps the first name selected in the bowling department when it comes to Test cricket but the he had to face a lot of criticism after India’s first round exit in the last T20 World Cup. 

It looked like Mohammed Shami would not be selected for the squad once again after selectors started looking for younger talent such as Shardul Thakur, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan and a few others. 

However, the 32-year-old right-arm fast bowler got another chance to have a crack for India in the shortest format in a high-intense contest against Australia, which will be serving as yet another preparatory series for India ahead of the T20 World Cup starting on October 16.

The selection of senior fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who has not necessarily been in the plans of the Indian selectors and shortest format has certainly raised eyebrows. But India captain Rohit Sharma has defended his selection saying that there were a few other injury concerns and Umesh Yadav’s form in the last Indian Premier League (IPL)\ for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was extremely promising.

Rohit Sharma said in a press conference on Sunday evening,

“There were few options, but few of them are injured like Prasidh (Krishna). (Mohammad) Siraj is playing county, we do not want him to fly all the way, maybe play one or two games. That won’t be fair. Avesh (Khan) was quite sick in the Asia Cup and he needs some time to recover. From a fitness point of view, he needed some time to rebuild his fitness. All those things were considered,”

he said

“Guys like Umesh, Shami, who have been bowling for a long time, they do not need to be playing a format to be considered,”

he said.

“They have proven themselves as players in whichever format they have played. We understand the quality, it is the new guys on whom it will depend whether they have played this format or not. But guys like Umesh and Shami, if they are fit and fine, they will be called back. We don’t need to look at their form, we saw how Umesh bowled in the IPL”

Rohit Sharma said. 

The Indian captain added,

“He (Umesh) bowled really well, he swings the ball, bowls fast. That was the thought, pretty simple actually. It was not much of a discussion for us.”