Wasim Akram's comments on Mohammad Shami of India's World Cup


Wasim Akram’s comments on Mohammad Shami of India’s World Cup

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During the previous World Cup encounter, Mohammed Shami achieved a remarkable feat, securing 5 wickets for India against New Zealand.

As all-rounder Hardik Pandya continues his recovery journey from an ankle injury sustained during the 2023 Cricket World Cup match against Bangladesh, Pakistani cricket legend Wasim Akram has voiced his belief that the Indian squad remains formidable even in the absence of Hardik Pandya. Following his injury, Pandya couldn’t participate in the remainder of the game against Bangladesh and missed India’s recent match against New Zealand, which, nonetheless, the Rohit Sharma-led team won convincingly.

This team looks strong even without Pandya. If he regains fitness, that’s great,” Akram stated to Sportskeeda.

For the New Zealand encounter, the Indian squad saw a change with Mohammed Shami making his debut in the ongoing World Cup. The right-arm pacer seized the opportunity impressively, delivering an exceptional performance with figures of 5 for 54 in 10 overs.

It will be challenging to omit Shami now. I believe India should not take the risk with Pandya (against England) because an injury to the hamstring or quadriceps, although initially you may feel fine, could worsen during the match. Let him fully recover, and then he can be considered for selection,” Akram advised.

“Credit to the team management, as whenever a player from the squad enters the playing XI, they appear ready. When Shami’s deliveries hit the seam, they can move unpredictably,” he added.

Shami made a significant impact from the very first ball of his Cricket World Cup 2023 appearance and continued to impress throughout the game.

It’s not easy to step into the World Cup and immediately hit the ground running. He (Shami) is primarily a new ball bowler, and sometimes, when bowling first-change, one may get emotional, thinking ‘why didn’t I get the new ball?’ But he’s experienced, and he made the most of the opportunity he had to secure victory for his country,” noted the Pakistani cricket great.

India’s next challenge awaits them against England at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on October 29.



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