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Former Indian pacer tips Mohammed Shami to be the key player for India at WC 2019

"He is bowling (at) the best of his career," the former cricketer quoted.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Veteran Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has had a tough past few months. The ride has seen him endure a lot of highs and lows. His personal life was in turmoil with an awkward fallout with his wife Hasin Jahan. This, combined with injury concerns, saw Shami miss out on quite a lot of international cricketing action last season. Now, he is back in the Indian fold, and has managed to make a strong comeback in white ball cricket as well.

With a stellar show in the ODI series against New Zealand, Shami has certainly served his case to be in the Indian squad for World Cup 2019. Whether he gets picked or not, remains to be seen. For now, if former Indian pacer Karsan Ghavri is to be believed, then team India should take Shami to the World Cup. Ghavri praised Shami for having overcome all odds and perform exceedingly well on his return.

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“(Mohammed) Shami is an improved bowler (now) and is more focused on cricket. After whatever has happened to him in the last two years, he has come back very strongly. He is bowling (at) the best of his career. He should be in the (Indian) squad for the World Cup because in the English conditions, he will be a key bowler,” Karsan Ghavri told PTI.

Speed, Accuracy, Variation

Explaining his point a little further, Karsan Ghavri remarked that Mohammed Shami not has great variations, but also can bowl with sheer pace. It is worth noting that Shami indeed clocks in the 140s range on most occasions. With his variations and accuracy in place, it is only obvious to tip him as one of the key players for the Indian team. Ghavri is sure that Shami would succeed at the coveted event.

“He has got variety and can bowl in-swinger and out-swinger. Accuracy is also there. If he develops a good yorker, it will be like an icing on the cake. His line and length is good and can generate a good speed. Shami bowls regularly in (range of) 140-145 (kph) and if he keeps the accuracy, it is going to be handy for himself and the Indian team,” the former cricketer explained further.

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