Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson feels Mohammed Shami has taken over Mohammed Siraj’s spot in the ongoing World Cup. Siraj hasn’t been at his absolute best in the ongoing ODI showpiece as he has scalped six wickets in as many matches at an average of 48.33 and an economy rate of 5.85.
On the other hand, Mohammed Shami has made an impact with the ball in the two matches he has played. Shami returned with match-winning figures of 5-54 against New Zealand and then continued his rich vein of form against England, returning with impressive figures of 4-22 in his spell.
Ergo, Shami has taken nine wickets in two matches at an unbelievable average of 8.44 and economy rate of 4.47. Shami has done a fabulous job since he has been added to the final XI.
“It’s a great problem for India to have. That’s a sign of a team that’s in incredible form where all the players are putting their hands up and playing at their best. In my mind, Shami has taken over Siraj’s spot because of the way he’s bowled in the last two games. He’s been incredible,” said Watson on Star Sports.
The former Australian all-rounder hailed Shami for consistently hitting the right length and troubling the batters with accurate bowling.
“When Shami is at his best, as we saw against England, he’s just so difficult to play. He can beat any batter on the outside or the inside. And because his length is so accurate, it’s always hitting the stumps. He’s always in there asking questions. It was unfortunate that Hardik went down injured. But that meant that Shami got an opportunity, and for me he’s surpassed Siraj because of the way he’s been bowling,” Watson added.
Shami is well known for his upright seam position and he would aim to continue the good show for India.
India will next take on Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Thursday.