IND vs AUS T20: Umesh Yadav replaces Mohammed Shami in India squad for Australia series
IND vs AUS T20: India pacer Mohammed Shami tested positive for COVID-19 and has been ruled out of the upcoming T20I series against Australia, starting on Tuesday.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Umesh Yadav as his replacement,” BCCI said in an official press release. Umesh Yadav, who supposed to undergo rehab for a quad injury in Bengaluru, has brought into the squad as a replacement and will play his first T20I in almost two years.
The fast bowler, who meant to represent India in the T20I series against Australia that starts on Tuesday. But hasn’t yet arrived in Mohali where the first game is set to take place, tested positive for COVID-19.
The 32-year-old has not seen on the field since July 2022. Since November 2021, he hasn’t taken part in a T20 international match. However, the selectors decided to keep him on standby for the World Cup. Because of his IPL experience and success (20 wickets in 16 matches for the champion Gujarat Titans).
India’s final T20Is before the World Cup next month are against Australia on September 20, 23, and 25. And South Africa on September 28, October 2, and October 4. As a result, they gave the team a chance to evaluate Shami’s fitness after a two-month sabbatical from playing cricket.
The ICC T20 World Cup 2022, which will take place from October 16 to November 13 this year. It will serve as great game practice for the Men in Blue in these matches.
India could not even qualify for semis the previous year as they crashed out of the competition in the Super 12 phase.
India Squad for Australia T20Is: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar,Umesh Yadav, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah.