Senior pacer supports India’s World Cup rotation strategy

India’s policy of rotating their fast bowling options ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 has received support from their veteran pacer.

Since the start of the Asia Cup, India has followed a rotation policy for their seamers. As a result, only two of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Mohammed Shami have ever played in the playing XI.

This has also resulted in more opportunities for medium pacer Shardul Thakur, who is more adept with the bat. While this has helped to extend India’s batting, it has resulted in fewer opportunities for India’s full-time fast bowlers.

Shami, for example, appeared in only two Asia Cup matches. He bowled a match-winning five-wicket haul in the first ODI against Australia in Mohali.

Despite these gains, Shami’s position in the starting XI is fluid due to the rotation policy. The Bengal pacer, on the other hand, is unconcerned by these developments.

Shami supported the policy during a press conference following India’s victory. He emphasized the importance of players understanding their roles, regardless of whether they make the starting XI.

“This is a normal part of the game.” It is critical to comprehend the team’s requirements. It is unlikely that you will always be a member of the starting XI and team combinations.

“When we play on a regular basis, someone will have to sit out.” It’s pointless to be upset about it. It’s obviously beneficial if you’re in the starting lineup, but it’s also critical to be understanding when you’re on the bench. This is also a critical role.”

Shami believed that the results demonstrated that the side’s rotation was going well prior to the World Cup, and that it helped give players game time.

“The team management’s idea is to rotate based on the conditions and situation, or depending on the opposition,” Shami added. “They know how to handle it, and recent results have been quite good.” The rotation is going well, and I don’t think anyone should be overburdened before the World Cup.”

“It’s beneficial to us because rotating pacers is critical in such conditions.” It’s more important for bowlers, not that batters have it any easier. Rotation is essential, particularly before ICC tournaments.”

“It’s especially beneficial for those who haven’t been in a groove to get some much-needed game time.”

India’s batting performed admirably in a crucial chase at Mohali, with World Cup hopefuls Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, and Suryakumar Yadav leading the way.

Shami added that the team’s performances against a strong opponent bode well for the World Cup.

“Before a big event, it’s important for the batters to do well in such games against strong opposition.” The key is confidence. Getting such a boost so close to a big event is always beneficial to the team. It is critical that the batting and bowling departments work in tandem. That, I believe, is the best preparation.”

Following the ongoing ODI series, India will play two warm-up matches against England and the Netherlands before the World Cup. They begin their World Cup campaign against Australia on October 8 in Chennai.