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New Delhi (Sputnik): As India took on New Zealand on Tuesday in the Cricket World Cups semi-final match, the Indian Twitterati were left surprised at seeing the teams rising bowling sensation Mohammad Shami left off the team.
The exclusion of this world cups only hat-trick taking bowler Shami was quite puzzling for Indian cricket team fans, as the team management opted to try Bhuvneshwar Kumar in his place.
Shami, who has managed to get an impressive tally of 14 wickets in 4 matches with his career-best figures of 69/5 in his maiden world cup match, looked like an obvious choice for the playing XI.
He has been touted by many cricket experts as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. Shami has also become the second Indian bowler after Chetan Sharma to manage a World Cup hat-trick, in the recent match with Afghanistan.
Baffled Twitterati and cricket pundits alike, expressed their displeasure over Shamis exclusion.
Like @SGanguly99, I admit I am surprised by the dropping of Shami. He takes wickets upfront and if you do, the death overs aren't as critical. India batting very deep with Jadeja at 8 but it is a big call to leave out Kuldeep against a team he has done well.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 9, 2019
Indias XI is slightly conservative. Picking Bhuvi & Jadeja ahead Kuldeep & Shami theyve arguably picked the better all-round players at the expense of the better bowlers, but on a fresh pitch which has been high-scoring in this comp that batting depth could be precious. #CWC19
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) July 9, 2019