India May Drop Cricket World Cup…: Ex-India Star’s ‘Caution’ For Rohit Sharma And Co.

The India vs Australia ODI series started a big no for KL Rahul-led Indian cricket team on Friday. The Indian cricket team, which is in the final stages of preparation for the Cricket World Cup, won the first match of the India vs Australia tri-ODI series by 5 wickets. There were good shows from Mohammed Shami, Suryakumar Yadav, Shubman Gill all of whom are part of India’s Cricket World Cup squad.

One aspect that the Indian cricket team management may be concerned about ahead of the Cricket World Cup is the performance of the team. On several occasions, during the field and while trying to take catches, the Indian cricket team stars were found wanting. Former Indian cricket team star Mohammed Kaif warned the team ahead of the Cricket World Cup.

“Caution: India may drop out of WC if they don’t catch well. Batting and bowling can win matches, but so can catches,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, India’s policy of rotating their fast bowling options ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 has received support from veteran Mohammed Shami. India have been practicing a rotation policy for their seamers since the start of the Asia Cup. According to this only two of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Sirajand Mohammed Shami has featured in the XI at any given time.

This has also meant that medium pacers Shardul Thakur, who are more skilled with the bat, have had more chances. While this has helped expand India’s batting, it has reduced opportunities for India’s full-time fast bowlers.

Shami, for one, featured in just two Asia Cup encounters. On Friday, he played the first ODI against Australia at Mohali and delivered a match-winning haul of five wickets. India won the match by five wickets.

Despite these returns, given the rotation policy, Shami’s position in the playing XI is not fixed. However, the Bengal pacer is unfazed by this development.

Speaking at the press conference after India’s win against Australia, Shami supported the policy. He stressed the importance of players understanding their roles, whether playing XI or not.

“This is a part of the game. It is important to understand the needs of the team. It is not possible that you will always be a part of the playing XI and team combinations,” Shami said as quoted by the ICC.

“When we play regularly, one or the other will have to sit out. There’s no point in being frustrated about that. Obviously, it’s good if you’re in the XI, but it’s also crucial to be understanding, when you are on the bench.role is also very important,” added Shami.

With ANI inputs

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