The prediction resulted in questions about Mohammed Shami's fitness as a replacement for Bumrah. As per information received by Cricbuzz, the BCCI, selectors and team management have chosen to monitor the veteran pacer's recovery from a case of COVID-19 virus.
India’s first game in the World Cup is against Pakistan:
Needless to say, the medical staff of the NCA will evaluate his fitness and apprise the BCCI of their findings before taking a decision. The BCCI will reportedly hold off till October 15 to announce the full squad as required by the ICC rules. Shami will go on a tour of Australia with the Indian team after being found healthy. India will play its first World Cup match against Pakistan at the MCG on 23 October.
If Shami unexpectedly fails to reach the required levels of fitness, Mohammad Siraj and Deepak Chahar will step in. The three ODIs against South Africa over the next seven days will give the selectors an opportunity to see both of them before choosing one. from them.
Siraj and Chahar have been selected in the 16-man squad led by Shikhar Dhawan, who featured in the three-match T20I series. The selectors would have preferred Shami to play in ODIs as well, but it could not happen due to his covid problem.