India vs New Zealand World Cup semi-final: Fans wonder why Mohammed Shami has been left out

first_imgMohammed Shami’s exclusion from India playing XI for the World Cup semi-final clash against New Zealand did not go well with many cricket experts and fans.India team management’s decision was questioned and criticized by a fraction of fans on social media. Shami, who has picked up 14 wickets in the four matches that he has played so far, was not included in the playing XI.Instead, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was included in the side in place of Kuldeep Yadav. Shami also did not play in India’s last league game against Sri Lanka on July 6.During the New Zealand innings, Hardik Pandya limped off the field after wincing in pain during his 4th over against New Zealand. Pandya’s absence from the field was worrying for Indian team who went in with only 5 specialist bowlers in the semi-final, leaving Mohammad Shami out.India vs New Zealand Live Score, World Cup 2019 1st Semi FinalMohammad Shami’s presence could have helped Indian team after Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar set the tone with an early wicket of Martin Guptill.”Like Sourav Ganguly, I admit I am surprised by the dropping of Shami. He takes wickets upfront and if you do, the death overs aren’t as critical. India batting very deep with Jadeja at 8 but it is a big call to leave out Kuldeep against a team he has done well,” tweeted celebrated commentator Harsha Bhogle.”India’s XI is slightly conservative. Picking Bhuvi & Jadeja ahead of Kuldeep & Shami they’ve arguably picked the better all-round players at the expense of the better bowlers, but on a fresh pitch which has been high-scoring in this comp that batting depth could be precious,” wrote one of the Twitter users.advertisement”There are about 20 people sitting around me right now, nobody has a clue why Bhuvi is playing ahead of Shami. And they all know the game,” tweeted another user.”Really surprised that Shami isn’t in the squad for this crucial game,” said another user on the microblogging website.”Is Shami injured or have we wilfully not picked the guy with 14 wickets in 4 games & the best strike rate in the entire tournament?”Like @SGanguly99, I admit I am surprised by the dropping of Shami. He takes wickets upfront and if you do, the death overs aren’t as critical. India batting very deep with Jadeja at 8 but it is a big call to leave out Kuldeep against a team he has done well.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 9, 2019Shami after taking 13 wickets in 3 games and still getting replaced by Bhuvi. #indiavsNewzealand pic.twitter.com/U2uW7MaczKDev (@thatswhattisaid) July 9, 2019Mohammad Shami in every match be like#INDvNZ #ICCWorldCup2019 pic.twitter.com/0ifqjWLBVwCricket panditt (@seee774) July 9, 2019Mohd Shami right now#INDvNZ #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/nJuV2ck2FWRight Arm Over (@RightArmOver_) July 9, 2019Someone please explain why Bhuvneshwar gets picked ahead of Shami #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/wiGkHrNyB6(@Most__Ardently) July 9, 2019#Shami also has a super record against the Kiwis, in addition to his grt form, pace and rhythm this #CWC19 .. A surprise exclusion indeed, admit the experts too.. #SemiFinal1 #NZvINDKaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) July 9, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019 semi-final: Virat Kohli’s catch to dismiss Martin Guptill leaves fans awestruckAlso Read | Martin Guptill: Leading run-scorer in 2015 World Cup, goes through nightmarish time in 2019Also See:last_img read more