Mohammed Shami has been out of the game since he sustained a hamstring injury in Australia. He has not played for India since the World Cup that took place last year. Shami has now recovered and will be part of India’s ICC World Twenty20 squad.
When it was announced earlier this month that Shami would be returning to the India squad, he had not yet proved his match fitness level, however since the ICC World Twenty20 for the Indian team only begins on 15th March in a match against New Zealand, there is still time for him to reach match readiness.
Sandeep Patil, the chairman of selectors, commented: “We have good time for making a call on Shami. He has recovered, he has started bowling. That’s what I can say at the moment.”
India, as one of the Super 10 teams will be entering the tournament after the Group A and Group B matches have been completed. The first Super 10 match takes place at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur. India and New Zealand will be playing against each other in the opening Super 10 Group 2 match. India’s next match will be played against Pakistan on 19th March at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala.
The India squad for the ICC World Twenty20 consists of captain MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Shami, and Virat Kohli.
Kohli has rested for the recent Twenty20 Internationals that were played against Sri Lanka. He has been returned to the team and will replace Manish Pandey. Shami will be replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
The team will also be playing in the Asia Cup.