The Indian speedster disobeyed BCCI instructions and bowled 26 overs in Ranji Trophy 2018-19 match against Kerala.
Indian pacer, Mohammad Shami, who is expected to be a part of the playing eleven in the test matches against Australia, disobeyed BCCI’s instruction of not bowling more than 15 overs in the Ranji Trophy game against Kerala as the Bengal pacer said rolling his arm for 26 overs was his “own decisions”.
With the pressure mounting up to play against Australia BCCI wants the players to be fit and well rested and hence instructed to skip the Ranji games wherein Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma have abode by the instructions and skipped their matches. However, Shami was allowed to play only on the condition that he bowls 15 overs in each inning of the match against Kerala. But Shami denied the orders and bowled 26 overs in the first innings of the test match.
Shami then in his justification said, “It was better to bowl for your team and state rather than practicing somewhere else… The more you bowl here the more it will help in Australia. It was good preparation. For me, bowling in a match is the best preparation. I prefer that any day. I was feeling well to bowl at home after a long time. All my friends were here. It was after a long time I could play with my team,”
In the second innings, Shami bowled only 3 overs as Kerala chased down an easy target of 40. “When you are playing a match for your state, the important thing is to fulfill your responsibility. I was also feeling well and had no discomfort. The wicket was also doing well, so I continued as long as I could… I decided on my own,” Shami added.
As an essential part of the Indian fast bowling unit, Shami is the leading Indian wicket-taker in Tests this year with 33 wickets in nine Tests, including a five-for in the final innings of the Johannesburg Test that India won in January. With being such a crucial member of the team, it is important for him to be fit for the upcoming test matches against Australia and denying BCCI instructions for the same can land him in trouble.