Pacer Bumrah replaces injured Shami in India T20I squad

Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) Gujarat pacer Jasprit Bumrah earned his maiden India call-up as he was on Monday named as a replacement for injured Mohammed Shami in the national squad for the three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) to be played against Australia.

“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Jasprit Bumrah in the India T20I team as the replacement for Mohammed Shami, who has been ruled out due to injury. The Indian team is scheduled to play three Twenty20 matches starting January 26, 2016, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement.

Shami, who returned to the national side after a gap of eight months following a knee injury, was named in the India squad for the tour which includes five One-Day Internationals (ODI) from January 12 in Perth, followed by three Twenty20 Internationals.

The 25-year-old suffered another injury during India’s Twenty20 warm-up match against Western Australia XI here on January 9. Shami, did not bowl in India’s 74-run victory in the tour game, as he hurt his hamstring in training.

With 14 scalps in nine matches, Bumrah, is the joint highest wicket taker for his state in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 competition.

The 22-year-old right-armer, who has been a regular feature for India A over the last two seasons, also impressed during Gujarat’s victorious Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign in December, where he picked up 21 scalps in nine matches to finish as the highest wicket-taker in the competition.

Bumrah will leave for Australia on January 22 along with other T20I team members — Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina and Hardik Pandya.

India will play three T20I on January 26 in Adelaide, January 29 in Melbourne and January 31 in Sydney.

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