Shami Overlooked as Lord Shardul Thakur Steps in for Ashwin in IND vs AFG World Cup Showdown

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Shami Overlooked as Lord Shardul Thakur Steps in for Ashwin in IND vs AFG World Cup Showdown

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Lord Shardul Thakur Steps In, Ravi Ashwin Sits Out, and Mohammed Shami Overlooked for IND vs AFG World Cup Clash

In a crucial World Cup encounter at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi, India has made significant changes to its playing XI. Mohammed Shami, despite his 2019 World Cup hattrick against Afghanistan, remains sidelined for a second consecutive match. Veteran spinner Ravi Ashwin has been benched, while Shardul Thakur gets his chance.

Rohit Sharma, speaking at the toss, stated, “It was a good game for us against Australia; hopefully, we can repeat that and maintain the momentum. Ashwin misses out, and Shardul Thakur comes in for him.”

Initially, there were discussions about whether Ashwin should make way for Mohammed Shami for this crucial contest. In the previous game, the pitch at Chepauk favored spinners, prompting India to field three spinners, including Ashwin, Kuldeep, and Jadeja.

However, the same pitch conditions cannot be expected for the Delhi match.

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Afghanistan’s captain, Hashmatullah Shahidi, won the toss and chose to bat. India enters this match following a convincing six-wicket victory over Australia, while Afghanistan suffered a defeat against Bangladesh. Hashmatullah praised his team’s bowling attack and expressed their intention to restrict India.

India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

Reference:

https://www.insidesport.in/mohammed-shami-vs-ravi-ashwin-headache-for-rohit-sharma-ahead-of-ind-vs-afg-world-cup-tie/

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