ICC World T20, 2016 February 5, 2016

Mohammed Shami back for World T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

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'We have good time to take a call on Shami' - Patil

India have picked seamer Mohammed Shami for the World T20 and Asia Cup. Shami came back from Australia with a hamstring injury, and has not played for India since the 2015 World Cup. Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the three T20Is against Sri Lanka, also came back duly, replacing Manish Pandey in the 15-man squad. Shami took Bhuvneshwar Kumar's place.

The selection of Shami was a calculated risk. He had not proved his match fitness at the time of the announcement, on February 5. India's first match in the World T20 is on March 15, against New Zealand. The advantage with Shami is that from now we have 30 days before we start the World T20," chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil said. "Also we have the Asia Cup. So 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."

Apart from the XI that beat Australia 3-0 in the T20I series in Australia, India selected Ajinkya Rahane, Shami, Harbhajan Singh and left-arm spinner Pawan Negi. The uncapped Negi is the only left-field selection in the squad. He used to play for Chennai Super Kings, and represents Delhi in domestic cricket. He bowls quick left-arm spin, and is a big hitter down the order.

In a press conference in Australia, Dhoni had said the four players outside the XI should be able to fit in more than one slot should a need arise. Negi can do that: on a turning pitch he can play the role Hardik Pandya did, and he can also replace Ravindra Jadeja as the specialist spinner.

Rahane, who used to open for Rajasthan Royals, can slot in at the top of order should Shikhar Dhawan, who has not scored an international half-century and strikes at 120 per 100 balls in all T20 cricket, fail. Rahane can also play a role in the middle order if required.

Dhoni had also said that Harbhajan would play if the opposition has many left-hand batsmen. It is Harbhajan's experience and hitting ability down the order that come in handy, according to Dhoni.

The big change from India's last WorldT20 squad was the absence of legspinner Amit Mishra, who was India's second-highest wicket-taker. While he has come back into the Test team since then, he has not played a Twenty20 for India.

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  • yuviifan on February 8, 2016, 15:45 GMT

    how can u people comparing the great yuvi with manish pandey....what experience panday has to compare with uv...this is the nice team

  • Shah on February 8, 2016, 4:21 GMT

    Shami will be thrashed again all over the park...welcome back!

  • Imran Bora on February 7, 2016, 11:12 GMT

    Pakistan will win Asia cup and world t20

  • saumitra on February 7, 2016, 5:34 GMT

    BD has remarkable records of 0-1, 0-1, 1-1 against Scotland, HongKong and Netherlands respectively in T20 ! Zimbabwe managed a 2-2 result against BD playing in BD. Hell, BD has even lost against Ireland and BD's records against other test teams is not even worth a mention, Obviously all those teams have thrashed BD black and blue through out history. BD has a impossible task ahead of qualifying for WT20 by beating IRE and NTH which obviously they will fail at, so unfortunately this time we wont get to witness the ever occurring trademark thrashing of the eternal punchbags of all events i.e BD. Cricinfo....pls publish

  • J on February 7, 2016, 3:38 GMT

    @YogifromNY - I agree with you. Yuvraj has played very well for India in the past and i I hope he proves us wrong by playing some scintillating knocks but I have serious doubts. That was a good point you made about 2 balls which changed his innings in the last T20 from a mediocre scratchy one to a good one. Had it not been for those 2 balls, his strike rate would have been very low and he would have been reviled for losing India the match. It would be better if we moved on and selected other players, also keeping in mind the long term.

  • TR on February 6, 2016, 20:21 GMT

    India will lose because of the presence of Shami & Yuvraj and the absence of Amit Mishra. Manish Pandey is as good as Rahane in all aspects including fielding. It is injustice not to include him even in the 15/16 member team.

  • Manesh on February 6, 2016, 16:06 GMT

    3-0 whitewash made few aus fans mad. Starc went for 40+ in all matches without a wicket! World will be more happy with first round exit of pathetic SL and hyped Aus.

  • Yogesh on February 6, 2016, 15:26 GMT

    Yuvraj over Pandey, even after Pandey'a fine century in Australia and Yuvi's "deer in the headlights" performance in the only T20 he batted in (notwithstanding the two loose balls he got in the final overs that he put away)? If he plays and bats, India will lose.

  • Mubzz Khan on February 6, 2016, 10:48 GMT

    Pakistan 11: Sharjeel,Sarfraz,Hafeez,babar,malik,umar,afridi,imad,wahab,amir,gul....

  • Mubzz Khan on February 6, 2016, 10:47 GMT

    My playing 11:rohit,rehane,kohli,yuvi,dhoni,raina,jadeja,ashwin,shami,nehra,bumrah......