Mohammed Shami’s coach Badruddin Siddique win award from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand at Old Trafford

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-finals: Despite having picked 14 wickets from 4 matches, Mohammed Shami was dropped for India’s semi-final against New Zealand in Manchester on Tuesday. Shami’s personal coach Badruddin Siddique hit out at the team management’s decision.

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He has expressed surprise at the exclusion of his ward .

Shami was benched for the initial part of World Cup 2019 in England but the India pacer made the most of the opportunities that came his way. Shami shone in his maiden match of the ongoing tournament as he picked up a match-winning hat-trick against Afghanistan.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mohammed Shami was not picked in India’s line-up for semi-final
  • Shami has taken 14 wickets in 4 matches so far in World Cup 2019
  • Stunned. How can you drop someone after he has picked 14 wickets: Shami’s coach Badruddin Siddique

Shami continued his run and went on to pick up a 5-wicket haul against England in Birmingham. The Bengal pacer had picked 14 wickets from 4 matches but was dropped for India’s final group-game against Sri Lanka in Leeds.

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While he was expected to return for the semi-final, India’s decision to drop him helped raise quite a few eyebrows. On the flipside, Shami had been expensive at the death in the matches against England and Bangladesh.

Questioning Team India’s decision, Badruddin said he thought Shami’s exclusion from the Sri Lanka game was the team management’s decision to keep him fresh for the knockout stages.

“Stunned. How can you drop someone after he has picked 14 wickets for you in four games? What more do you expect out of your fast bowlers? I thought the rest in the Lanka game was an attempt to keep him fresh for the knockouts. Clearly, my assessment was wrong,” Badruddin was quoted as saying by IANS.

Badruddin also said he doesn’t agree with the argument of dropping Shami in order to boost the batting strength, opining that if the top six fails then there is little help carrying an extra batsman.

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“Really? If you have to bank on Shami or Bhuvi for batting, I think we are anyway losing the game. To be fair, if the top six cannot do the job, the remaining will not either. His role is to win games with the ball and I think he has proved himself despite not being given a start to begin with in the tournament,” Badruddin said.

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Shami’s coach also said there was no issues surrounding Shami’s fitness in the World Cup.

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