IPL newbies Gujarat Titans defeated Rajasthan Royals in the final to take the crown on the home fans debut at the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad. During the extended 10-team tournament, Captain Hardik Pandya was the commander in chief, while senior pacer set it up for the Titans in the power playovers. The seasoned pacer is often counted among the bowlers with the best seam position in today’s cricket. (Read also | ‘No. Won’t happen. Sorry’: Ex-Indian batter explains why Rahul Tripathi won’t make international debut in Ireland T20Is†
With his newfound ball skills, Shami eventually took 20 wickets in his first-ever spell with the Titans. For the Indian speedster, the secret to his bowling success lay in the right areas. Next time he will be featured in the on-off test in England, but it remains to be seen if team management will try him in shorter formats as well.
Former Indian speedster Ashish Nehra, who had a stellar IPL season as Titans head coach, said he would “definitely” consider Shami for next year’s T20 World Cup at home. Nehra also believes that Shami should play the three-game ODI series in England, which starts on July 12.
“It looks like he’s not in the current T20 World Cup schedule. But we all know about his abilities. Even if he doesn’t play the T20 World Cup this year, India will definitely consider him for the 2023 World Cup Cup at home.” We don’t have many ODIs this year and Shami is currently on a break from IPL. India can play him in England for the 50-over games after the test match,” Nehra said. Cricbuzz†
Parthiv Patel also praised Shami, saying that the pacer has evolved as someone who can bowl in all three phases of a game. After a very successful stint with Punjab Kings, he moved to Titans who bought him for a hefty sum of 6.25 crore in the mega auction this year.
“People used to say that Shami can only bowl with the new ball. But in the past two, three years, he has shown what he can do in death. When Shami played for Punjab, he was bowling well at the start, but he also took wickets in death overs. No player stands still and we shouldn’t put a stamp on him. Shami has definitely developed as a three-phase bowler,” said Parthiv.
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