T20 World Cup: India will be seen in the T20 World Cup without their ace pacer, Jasprit Bumrah, which will be a big shoe to fill for the team and other players. It is because Bumrah is the leader of the pack and, without him, Indian fast bowling has struggled in recent years. Especially in death overs, India has conceded runs at a higher economy rate. However, India picked veteran pacer Mohammed Shami for the team.

But the question is whether he can be as lethal as Bumrah could be. Although, Shami announced himself with a brilliant last over against Australia in a warm-up game. He was defending 11 runs in the 20th over when he just gave four runs and took four consecutive wickets, including a run-out. So he is likely to feature in India’s playing XI for Sunday against arch-rival Pakistan.

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T20 World Cup: “Ye to Danger Bowler Hai” – Rohit Sharma

India are doing their net session in Melbourne for their game against Pakistan. The Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma, was facing Shami at the nets, who was bowling in a great rhythm. Rohit looked very impressed by the pacer and was seen saying that he was a very dangerous bowler. He said, “ye to danger bowler hai (he is a dangerous bowler).”

Shami was part of India’s reserve for the T20 World Cup. However, last month he was contacted by the COVID virus, which kept him away from action during the home series against Australia and South Africa. But he came back with a brilliant performance in the warm-up game. The pacer hasn’t played a T20 international for India since the last T20 World Cup in the UAE. In the absence of Bumrah, the onus will be on him. It will be interesting to see how he deals with that.

India will open their account with a match against arch-rival Pakistan on Sunday (October 23) at the MCG. India will also face the Netherlands on October 27 and South Africa on October 30, respectively. Then, the Men in Blue will face Bangladesh on November 2 and Zimbabwe on November 6 in their last two remaining games in the “Super 12” stage. However, the first match against Pakistan is very crucial because it will set the tone for the team.

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