Umran Malik has been named replacement for injured Mohammed Shami for the three match ODI series to be played in Bangladesh. Earlier, the news broke that Shami has been ruled out from the white ball series with possible scenario of the 33-year-old getting ruled out from the Test matches as well.
Now, the BCCI has named his replacement in young Umran Malik who also debuted against New Zealand recently. He was dropped for Bangladesh series as seniors like Shami were all set for a comeback after T20 World Cup where India were knocked out in semi-final.
“Fast bowler Mohd. Shami sustained a shoulder injury during a training session in the lead up to the ODI series against Bangladesh. He is currently under the supervision of the BCCI Medical Team at the NCA, Bengaluru and will not be able to take part in the three-match series,” the BCCI release said.
The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Umran Malik as Shami’s replacement.
India’s squad for Bangladesh ODIs: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ishan Kishan (WK), Shahbaz Ahmed, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Sen, Umran Malik
Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Umran Malik and Kuldeep Sen will form the pace attack for the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh.
The 33-year-old Shami is an integral part of India’s ODI scheme of things, going into the World Cup next year.
Skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid would be worried if the Bengal speedster misses the Test series because India need to win every game to stay in contention for the upcoming World Test Championship final at the Oval in June.
“Shami’s absence from three ODI games is definitely a factor but bigger worry is his likely absence from Tests where he is supposed to spearhead the attack in Jasprit Bumrah’s absence," said a BCCI source.
Shami has taken 216 wickets in Test cricket from 60 matches.
Umran Malik is one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket. He made his ODI debut recently in New Zealand where he played two games and claimed two wickets.
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