Harbhajan bamboozled at India’s decision to ‘rest’ Shami
Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is bamboozled at Team India’s decision to ‘rest’ star pacer Mohammed Shami in the all-important second ODI against New Zealand on Saturday, which is essentially a must-win game for India to stay in the series.
Winning the toss at the Eden Park in Auckland, India captain Virat Kohli opted to bowl first. But many were left surprised when he informed that India had made two changes from the previous game, and one is the exlusion of Shami from the match.
According to Kohli, the decision to give Shami some rest was because they wanted him to be fresh and fit in the upcoming Test series against New Zealand.
“Mohammed Shami has been rested, we’ve got the Test series coming up, he’s one of the main bowlers for us,” stated Kohli.
Shami was replaced by the fast bowler Navdeep Saini, while Shardul Thakur continued to be in the playing XI despite giving away 80 runs in 9 overs in the first ODI in Hamilton. India lost the series opener by 4 wickets.
“I don’t why he (Shami) is not playing,” said Harbhajan. Though he agreed with the selection of Saini, he thought it should have been in place of Thakur instead of Shami.
Earlier former India World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev had also echoed the same sentiment of taking Saini in to replace Thakur.
“You need a wicket-taking option. It is important to get Saini in the side not because India have lost the first ODI but he deserves a place in the side because of his pace and wicket-taking abilities. Look at Bumrah, he forces New Zealand to play him watchfully because whenever batsmen try to attack these bowlers can get wickets,” he had said.