Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami made a comeback into the side for the fourth Test against Australia being played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. He was rested for the third Test played at the Holkar Stadium in Indore for workload management.
Seeing Shami out of rhythm, former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar questioned the team management for resting him for the third Test as there was a gap of eight days between the third and the fourth Test.
“Resting Mohammed Shami was not a smart move. You had 8 days break between the 2nd and the 3rd Test. He bowled military medium in his first two deliveries. The batter is nervous, he is not yet off the mark. If he sees the ball go harmlessly to the keeper, he gets an opportunity to see what the pitch is doing. He can then mentally start to relax just that little bit,” said Gavaskar on Star Sports.
“Great bowlers were at you straightaway, from the first ball. I think, you know that Shami is the kind of bowler who likes to be in rhythm, may be you shouldn’t rest him. I think it’s important to get your bowling muscles going, in the gym, you don’t get your bowling muscles going,” he added.