Indian veteran pacer Mohammed Shami has been dropped from the Indian squad for the historic one off Test game against Afghanistan. Shami failed to pass fitness test at National Cricket Academy (NCA).
The uncapped fast bowler Navdeep Saini was named as Shami's replacement for the lone Test. He is the highest wicket-taker for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy with 34 wickets in eight matches. Saini was picked up by the Delhi Daredevils unfortunately ha failed to got the chance to play.
It is clear that Shami has a hamstring issue in the right leg so selectors decided to rest him ahead of the five-Test series in England commencing from August 2018.
According to a senior BCCI official "Karun Nair and Hardik Pandya were the two best performers in the YoYo Test with scores of above 18."
As per reported in NDTV "The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Navdeep Saini as Mohammed Shami's replacement in the Indian Test team for the upcoming Paytm Test against Afghanistan. The announcement came after Shami failed to clear the fitness test at NCA, Bengaluru", the media release said.
"The Indian team management has requested that India A fast bowlers Mohammed Siraj and Rajneesh Gurbani attend the training sessions of the Indian team and bowl at the Indian batsmen in the nets. A request was also made for Ankit Rajpoot, but the Uttar Pradesh fast bowler is unwell," the release added.
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