After losing to Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Super 4 stage, India was unable to advance to the Asia Cup 2022 final. India’s stars, notably Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal, struggled to make an impression without their famed paceman Jasprit Bumrah. A talented fast bowler named Avesh Khan was taken for runs during India’s dominance in the group stage, therefore ending his chances of being selected for the T20 World Cup.

Because of this, a lot of former players are confused as to why Mohammed Shami, a seasoned fast bowler, isn’t being considered by India for the game that will be played in Australia later this year. Shami played his last T20I for India in the 2021 T20 World Cup, despite being the Gujarat Titans’ top wicket-taker as they won the IPL championship in their first season.

Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag said that it would be dangerous for India to overlook Shami, particularly because the T20 World Cup would be held in Australia. To assume that Shami isn’t included in your T20I preparations would be incorrect, just as (Ravichandran) Ashwin wasn’t two years ago. But if one of your two bowlers had been injured, you may have chosen Shami due to his knowledge of the Asia Cup.

When Avesh wasn’t available, Shami would have played. The previous head coach Ravi Shastri had earlier expressed astonishment at Shami’s exclusion, stating, “I understand you want to give kids an opportunity, but in Australia you also need experience. Shami would be important on those quick grounds.

“When you need to win, you need to improve your preparation. I think there may have been a better choice, especially for the fast bowlers. You’re conscious of your surroundings. There is little advantage for the spinner. The fact that you only brought four fast bowlers here astonished me much (including Hardik). Mohammed Shami is not the kind of person who can remain at home and cool his heels when you need that extra one, in my opinion. Regrettably, he wasn’t retained after participating in the IPL. I can sense that something is different,” Shastri continued.