After missing every T20I assignment for India since the 2021 World Cup, experts and veterans asked senior India bowler Mohammed Shami to return to the side for the next Asia Cup match. The majority of people were thus surprised by his exclusion. But not Australia’s famous cricketer Ricky Ponting, who gave a rather clear response when asked about Shami’s future in the competition and likely return for the T20 World Cup later in October.

Shami last played for India in a T20 International game against Namibia in the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in November of last year. India has since given 11 fast bowlers a chance to shine, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar receiving the most opportunities and Shami receiving none.

Ponting said that the squad has a larger talent pool to choose from when it comes to T20 cricket, although Shami has been a good bowler for India in the Test format.

For India, he has always been a bowler of exceptional quality. According to Ponting, if you look at his abilities, Test cricket is perhaps where he succeeds best.

“There are, in my view, more potent fast bowlers in Indian T20 cricket than Shami, however, they’ve only chosen three” (for the Asia Cup). If there are four potential players, he may be the fourth member of the group.

Ponting thinks that it is likely the management would want to include Shami for the Australian conditions, even though Shami’s absence from the Asia Cup competition may indicate that India wants to include the pacer for the T20 World Cup as well—Jasprit Bumrah is the only addition, and he is injured.

“Only the four quicks, in my estimation, will be going to Australia. They’ll still want to bring a lot of spins here, he added, despite the likely unfavorable wickets.