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Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami highly unlikely to appear in all the ODI and T20I matches against Australia

November 19, 2020

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India will be starting their tour of Australia on the 27th of November. Firstly, an ODI series will be played, comprising 3 ODI matches. 2 days prior to the last ODI, the T20I series is set to begin on the 4th of December. Finally, the Test Series will begin on 17th December, with the teams playing 4 matches in total. With such a jam-packed schedule, key players might require some rest. Due to this, the Indian team’s deadly bowling duo of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are unlikely to play all T20I and ODIs against Australia.

Mohammed Shami has been vital for his side in IPL 2020. The KXIP bowler bagged 20 wickets in 14 matches this season, showing that he is in his peak form. Jasprit Bumrah, on the other hand, finished second in the Purple Cap race. The MI bowler was flawless this year, picking up 27 wickets in just 15 games this season. Moreover, an impressive economy of 6.73 justifies the bowler’s selection.

With the ODI series set to commence on November 27, it is likely that the duo might not play. With Ishant Sharma doubtful for the test series against Australia, India coach Ravi Shastri does not want to overburden the duo.

Shastri would be eager to rest Bumrah and Shami for the T20I series against Australia

India’s 2nd and 3rd T20I will overlap with the first red-ball warm-up game ahead of the Test series. Shastri realizes how essential the duo is for the team. Hence, it is highly unlikely that he will play the duo in 6 consecutive matches. It is highly likely, therefore, that Shami and Bumrah will be rested for the T20I series against Australia. As per a source, if Bumrah and Shami do play the T20I series, it is possible that they get matchless to prepare. With Shami primarily bowling with the red ball, the team management wouldn’t want to risk it.

Bumrah and Shami likely to appear in the ODI series against Australia

The duo might, however, get game time in the ODI series against Australia. With 3 ODI matches to be played between the 2 matches, Shami and Bumrah ought to start for the team. They might bowl their share of 10 overs each before moving on to the Test Series by playing in the warmup matches. The duo could manage to get some overs to their name before the Day-Night match at Adelaide.

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