IND vs AUS T20: Mohammad Shami tests Covid positive, to miss T20 series against Australia; Umesh Yadav Set To Replace Him
IND vs AUS T20: Mohammed Shami‘s T20I comeback will be delayed as the veteran pace bowler has tested positive for COVID 19 and will be out of the Australia series startingg in Mohali from September 20. Umesh Yadav, a veteran pacer who played the final of his seven T20 Internationals in 2019 against Australia, is back in the mix after recovering from a quadriceps injury.
“Yes, Shami has tested COVID-19 positive. But there is nothing to worry as the symptoms are mild. But he will have to remain in isolation and will be able to rejoin the squad once he tests negative. It is unfortunate but that is how life is,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
When asked how long he thought it would take Shami to recover. The source expressed confidence that he will be ready for the upcoming series against South Africa.
“We are expecting Shami to be fit for the next series against South Africa. There is 10 days before that series starts. So we are more than hopeful you can say,” he said.
However, the 35-year-old Umesh’s return in this format is nothing short of a fairytale given that his time with Middlesex as a county player was cut short by a quadriceps injury.
He had a wonderful first leg of IPL 2022 for KKR thanks to his quick ball swing.
He had a great Royal London Cup for Middlesex, taking 16 wickets in seven List A games. Also including a five- and a four-wicket haul.
“Umesh was doing his rehab at the NCA after he came back and it was not a tear. So he has now recovered and fit to play,” the source said.
(With PTI Inputs)