Indian seamer Mohammed Shami voiced his approval of the team’s rotation strategy, highlighting its effectiveness in preventing player fatigue as they prepare for the forthcoming World Cup hosted in their home country next month.
Shami delivered an outstanding performance in One-Day International (ODI) cricket, achieving his career-best figures of 5-51 against Australia, which limited them to a total of 276 runs in 50 overs during the match in Mohali. This exceptional bowling display laid the foundation for India’s five-wicket victory.
However, Shami is aware that he may not be an automatic selection for every game, given India’s likely choice to pair Mohammed Siraj with the pace spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah, and Shardul Thakur providing additional batting support.
Speaking to reporters, Mohammed Shami emphasized the role of the coach in managing player rotations based on factors such as playing conditions, match situations, and the opponent. He pointed out that the team has achieved favorable outcomes in recent series, crediting the rotation policy for its success. Shami stressed the importance of not burdening the players with consecutive matches ahead of the World Cup.
Rotation of pace bowlers
According to Shami, managing the rotation of pace bowlers is particularly vital in the prevailing conditions. He acknowledged that while it is not necessarily easier for batsmen, the rotation strategy is especially crucial for bowlers to maintain their rhythm. Shami highlighted that such rotation is essential preparation before major ICC tournaments, benefiting players who need to find their form.
Shami also discussed his own break from the game following the World Test Championship final in June. He described the break as essential, given that he had been playing continuously for seven to eight months without respite. During his time off, Shami remained engaged with his training routine, practicing rigorously at home.
India is scheduled to commence their World Cup campaign on October 8, facing Australia in Chennai.