Dharamsala: Making a late inclusion in their Test team for the final match against Australia, Indian cricket team has included pacer Mohammed Shami for the Dharamsala Test which begins on Saturday. Shami had missed the first three Tests of the ongoing series due to injury.
Batsman Shreyas Iyer has also been included in the team and will in all likelihood replace captain Virat Kohli in the playing XI for the final Test. Kohli is nursing a shoulder injury and “is not 100 percent fit” for the match.
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While Iyer’s inclusion in the squad was known, Shami was a later entry. With his inclusion, there may be a good chance that India go in with three seamers, dropping one of the batsmen from the playing XI.
Shami picked up the injury against England in the third Test and missed the fourth and fifth Test against them. He later missed the one-off Test against Bangladesh. Shami has been bowling at the nets with the Indian team before the Bangalore and Ranchi Tests and even tweeted about being with the Indian team in Dharamsala. With the BCCI tweet on Friday evening, it is now official that Iyer and Shami will be part of the Indian team.
Iyer had a great game against the Australians in the warm-up at the CCI in Mumbai. The right-handed batsman hit an unbeaten double century. He began his innings with a six off Nathan Lyon.