India will have a massive headache when Hardik Pandya recovers to full fitness. They will have to make the hard decision to either switch to their old strategy of playing either Shardul Thakur or R Ashwin with Pandya or create a new plan, compromise on the batting depth and go with an extra fast bowler.
In the first few matches of the 2023 World Cup, India did not pick Mohammed Shami in the playing XI. They selected either Shardul Thakur or R Ashwin, but in this article now, we will look at the three reasons why India must retain Shami even when Hardik Pandya is back.
1. Shami can form a lethal bowling trio with Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah
Fans who watched the Indian bowling in the 2023 World Cup match against England would know why picking Shami in the playing XI along with Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah is so important. The three fast bowlers trouble the opposition batters a lot.
Shami has shown that experience matters the most at the grand stage. He is in the form of his life, Bumrah is India’s go-to bowler and Siraj has been a consistent performer in the last 15 months.
2. Early wickets matter more than 10-15 extra runs
Shardul Thakur’s presence can give India 10-15 extra runs in the batting department, but if Shami can deliver two or early blows to the opponent team, it will probably turn the game in India’s favor. Shami’s 10 overs can give India better results than any player on the bench, which is why it would be wise to keep him in the team.
3. Batting depth can be slightly compromised
India’s batters are in good form, which is why they can manage with a bowler at the number eight position. Although India will have to think a lot before making any final decision, it seems likely that they will keep Shami in the playing XI.