On October 23, Team India will meet its bitter foe Pakistan to begin its T20 World Cup campaign. The Indian squad, captained by Rohit Sharma, will also compete in two exhibition games against Australia (17 October) and New Zealand (October 19). The team made its last roster change on Friday, replacing Jasprit Bumrah, who was injured, with Mohammed Shami on the 15-man squad. Bumrah’s back issue caused him to miss the major competition.

It’s interesting to note that Shami hasn’t represented India in the game’s shortest format since the T20 World Cup the year before. He was chosen for the Indian T20I team to play in the series last month against Australia and South Africa, but due to a Covid-19 infection, he was forced to miss both matches. He trained at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) after becoming better before taking a flight to Australia.

India’s Rohit Sharma was questioned about his opinions on Shami replacing Bumrah at the World Cup at the pre-tournament press conference, which was attended by the captains of all 16 teams in the T20 World Cup.

“Injuries happen in sports. There is not much that can be done. There will be injuries if you play in too many games. Our main goal is to increase bench strength. You noticed that we give young people an opportunity because of this, Rohit stated.

“Covid ko 2-3 hafte pehle ho gaya thi, Shami. For NCA bulaaya, ghar me the, apne farm me baithe the. kaafi mehnat kar rahe the Vo NCA. About two to three weeks ago, Shami had Covid. He was seated on the farmhouse porch of his residence. We then invited him to NCA. There, he put in a lot of effort.),” the Indian skipper remarked.

Regarding Shami’s return to full health, Rohit said that he had bowled to three to four intense sessions.

He is now in Brisbane. Tomorrow, the Indian squad will arrive in Brisbane. He’ll work out with the group. Shami is upbeat, and his recuperation has gone well. He had engaged in three to four intense bowling sessions. With Shami, everything is going well. Despite our best efforts, player injuries are sadly a part of the game. Because of this, we concentrated on getting the bench ready. Accidents may happen at any moment. We wanted to give chances to the young bowlers,” said Rohit.