Asia Cup 2016 February 19, 2016

Mohammed Shami ruled out of Asia Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammed Shami hasn't played for India since the 2015 World Cup © AFP

Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the Asia Cup T20 after failing to fully recover from a hamstring injury that kept him out of the limited-overs series in Australia last month. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as his replacement.

Shami sustained the injury at a training session in Australia, and missed two warm-up games before flying back home. While he was originally said to be out for "four to six" weeks, the medical staff have decided to give him more time to recover from the Grade II injury to his left hamstring.

Despite the lack of match practice, the selectors had indicated their willingness in waiting for Shami to recover, with Sandeep Patil, the chairman of selectors, saying that he hoped to test his match fitness during the Asia Cup. "We have good time for making a call on Shami. He has been one of our best bowlers. He has recovered, he has started bowling. That's what I can say at the moment," Patil had said while picking the squad for the Asia Cup and the World T20.

Before the departure for Australia, India captain MS Dhoni had also insisted Shami was part of his plans for the World T20, which for India begins against New Zealand in Nagpur on March 15.

Shami's last international outing was during the World Cup, when he played through injury and pain, after which he underwent surgery and then rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. He was then named among the 30 probables for a preparatory camp ahead of the South Africa series in October, but could not regain full fitness for the international matches.

Once fit, Shami played four matches for Bengal - two in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in December and two in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in January.

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  • Nandan on February 22, 2016, 9:25 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan and Irfan Pathan seriously. Both bowl at 120's. Pathan of whom I was a big fan is only a shade of the player he was when he used to swing the ball at 130's. Rishi Dhawan seriously is not international standard. Yeah Maybe Sran or Shardul or Jayadev Unatkat, but then the captain is the great MSD :)

  • Naresh on February 22, 2016, 8:16 GMT

    Some support coming in for Mishra. He would have made a better choice than Negi? I may be wrong but lets see how Negi fares in this tournament. Mishra has always been a trump card in T20's. Batsman try and swing and Mishra normally deceives them - stumpings and clean bowls are what he brings into the equation. Nathu SIngh or Jaydev Unadkat should have also be tried out without Shami.

  • Ron on February 21, 2016, 10:56 GMT

    Don't just slam Bhuvi for the loss of swing which is a factor in the ODI and Test matches. For T20, a team needs bowlers who possess either pace, variations or high yorker / blockhole control. Bhuvi has shown the last bit quite consistently in the IPL even as the other bowlers have gone for quite a lot. If he plays, it is going to be in place of Nehra and for greater control in the last 5-6 overs.

  • Damodar on February 21, 2016, 5:19 GMT

    singhvivek141.But there is one problem, doesn't seem to think while bowling.

  • Damodar on February 21, 2016, 5:01 GMT

    goldeneye075,Both UAE and Oman are in the continent called Asia. But that is as far as their geographical location is concerned. What is difficult to understand is what purpose will be served by just forming a team of expatriates without the presence of any local players.

  • Madhusudhan on February 21, 2016, 3:59 GMT

    Bhuvanesh Kumar is a nice lad. Determined and Committed. He has not been in the form for long time and deserved to be out of the team. A swing bowler losing his swing course of his career is normal. But when he figures out why it happened and gets back his swing, changes the character of the bowler, transforms the bowler into a new phenomena. Irfan Pathan too faced similar problem and never really get back into the team. Time will tell whether Bhuvi has rediscovered is touch or not. BCCI, Captains, Coaching Staff and Bhuvi's mentors should find a way or two help the redemption of Bhuvi. Bhuvi should reassess his run up, action, balance, release and figure out the mistakes, bring the best out of him. Team India needs contributions from whole squad to achieve anything, just letting Bhuvi to slip out without any hope is very ordinary thinking. Bhuvi should quit the IPL and work on his bowling.

  • zain on February 21, 2016, 3:57 GMT


    You are joking right? they both are in Asia...

  • Neranjan on February 20, 2016, 18:47 GMT

    I do have a question about the asia cup teams. When did UAE & Oman became Asian teams ?

  • Madhusudhan on February 20, 2016, 17:03 GMT

    T20 is a youngster's game. T20 is a lottery, where any team can win or lose in matter of few minutes. Experienced, Aged players' should be rested and not make them to play T20, In 2007-08, first WT20 Cup, senior, experienced Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar & Rahul Sharath Dravid chose to stay away from the tournament. Same example should be followed by present senior & experienced players.

  •   Abhijeet Kushe on February 20, 2016, 17:01 GMT

    Brainder Sran or even Rishi Dhawan could have been named as a replacement.Just dont understand why selectors keep going back to Kumar

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