Umesh Yadav, the veteran Indian pacer who last played a T20I match for India in February 2019 against Australia, joined the Indian squad in Chandigarh on Sunday morning after reportedly being named as a replacement for COVID-19 positive Mohammed Shami in the Indian team for the upcoming three-match T20I series against defending 2021 T20I World Cup winners Australia.
The first T20I between India and Australia is scheduled to take place at PCA Stadium in Mohali on Tuesday, September 20. The 34-year-old Vidarbha pacer last played a T20I match for India against Australia on February 24, 2019. If he is selected in the playing XI for the upcoming matches, then it will be the first time in 43 months that he will play a T20I game for the Men in Blue.
Umesh Yadav Was Included In The Indian Side To Face Australia In Place Of Covid-19 Positive Mohammed Shami
The right-arm fast bowler Umesh Yadav’s inclusion hasn’t been officially declared yet, but, he was included in the side after Mohammed Shami was sidelined, and immediately after getting a call-up to play for India, Umesh Yadav packed his bag and left to join the side.
He landed at Chandigarh airport at 7 a.m. on Sunday, and from there he headed straight to the hotel to join the rest of the Indian squad. The manner in which he has been drafted to the side suggests that he could be in line to feature for India in the first T20I.
It was puzzling that the pacer Mohammed Shami was selected for the T20Is against Australia and South Africa, but was only among the reserves in the 2022 T20I World Cup squad. Now, an untimely positive Covid-19 test has ruled him out of the Australia T20Is. Mohammed Shami has picked 18 scalps in 17 T20Is with the last outing coming in the 2021 T20I World Cup against Namibia.
Notably, Mohammed Shami was the leading wicket-taker for Gujarat Titans (GT) in their title-winning campaign earlier this year. He bagged 20 wickets from 16 games and had a decent economy rate of 8.00 in the latest edition of the cash-rich league.