NEW DELHI: Former captain Sunil Gavaskar feels including injury-prone pacer Mohammed Shami in India’s Twenty20 World Cup squad is a bit of risk but the team announced on Friday has “terrific balance”.
Shami was named in the squad that toured Australia but a hamstring injury meant that he returned home without bowling a ball Down Under. His selection for the March 8 to April 3 World T20 is also subject to fitness. “It will be a bit of risk (including Shami). However, this format is short so (he can bowl four overs). More than a month is left for World T20 and he will get a fair bit of bowling in the Asia Cup too,” Gavaskar told NDTV referring to the bowler who has not played for India since the 2015 World Cup.
Overall, Gavaskar said Shami and left-arm spinner Pawan Negi’s inclusion will strengthen the squad though he wanted a legspinner too. Offspiiner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja are the leading spin pair of the team. “This is a good team, in my view a legspinner would have given more options but selectors have stuck with the same team. The balance of the team in Australia was terrific and that balance hasn’t changed. In fact inclusion of Negi and Shami has strengthened the squad,” he said.