Mohammed Shami’s inclusion is still a possibility, says Virat Kohli

Sunil Gavaskar
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Virat Kohli, in the post match conference, spoke about Bengal’s pace bowler Mohammed Shami, who is looking to make a comeback into the Indian team.

Mohammed Shami earlier in the day played for Bengal in the Vijay Hazare final against Tamil Nadu picking up four wickets giving away only 26 runs in the 8.2 overs that he bowled. Although it was in a losing cause, it would still give a world of confidence to the bowler in his attempt to get back into the Indian team.


“We sent him to play because we saw him bowling 10 to 12 overs at a go. So we wanted to give him some match practice,” Kohli said at the post-match media conference in Jharkhand where Australia held India to a draw in the third Test.

“I haven’t spoken to the selectors, yet so all kind of possibilities are there before the next Test,” he added.

Could Shami feature in the team for Dharamshala?

Shami has been India’s numero uno fast bowler in the past few years in all the formats of cricket. He has provided India with the breakthrough early in the innings as well as late in the innings when the ball is reverse-swinging.

However, the 27-year-old quick from Uttar Pradesh has been in the recovery stage for the most part of the year 2016. The fast-bowler was operated post-World Cup which kept him on the sidelines for the next few months.

He returned to the Indian squad for the home series against England before another injury took the sting out of his return and since then has never played a competitive match.

Virat Kohli has repeatedly suggested that Shami was sent to play the finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he bowled his heart out. He was instrumental with the ball for Bengal as he picked up four crucial wickets in the finals.

The signs are good for the pacer as Kohli added that he would like to have a few words with the management on how to feature the pacer in the team for the next test at Dharamshala.