India will begin to finalize their preparations for the T20 World Cup 2022 as they take on the hosts Australia in their first warm-up game at the Gabba, Brisbane on Monday. India are without the services of their star bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who was ruled out of the mega event courtesy of a back injury. The Men in Blue have recalled the veteran pacer Mohammed Shami to replace their ace pacer in Australia.
However, Shami hasn’t played a T20 game for India since the previous T20 World Cup in 2021. He was set to feature in the T20I series against South Africa but Covid-19 ruled him out. While India played a couple of warm-up games against Western Australia, Shami wasn’t a part of those two games as well. Hence, the upcoming practice games are all Mohammed Shami have to find his rhythm.
Meanwhile, it looks like the senior pacer is already finding his groove as he cleaned up India’s wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik in the net session ahead of the warm-up game against Australia.
Mohammed Shami knocks over Dinesh Karthik in nets
Team India was practising in a session ahead of their warm-up game against Aaron Finch & co. Dinesh Karthik tried to play a scoop shot against Shami but missed the shot to get bowled. Meanwhile, the wicketkeeper-batter also looked in a decent touch as he smashed Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Chetan Sakaria in the net session.
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India will look to finalize their preparations and find their best combination ahead of their opening game against Pakistan on 23rd October. The Men in Blue will be under some pressure after taking an early exit from the previous edition of the T20 World Cup. They are placed in Super 12 Group 2 alongside Pakistan, South Africa, and Bangladesh. Meanwhile, two other teams will come through after playing in the qualifying round.