Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie believes that Mohammed Shami will play a crucial role in India’s attempt to win the World Test Championship (WTC) Final. Gillespie thinks Shami’s ability to generate movement off the pitch will challenge the defensive techniques of Australian batsmen.
With Jasprit Bumrah unavailable, Shami’s leadership in India’s bowling attack becomes vital. In the recently concluded IPL, Shami was the top wicket-taker with 28 wickets, constantly employing a Test-match length. Against Australia, Shami has an impressive record of 40 wickets from 11 Tests, while in England, he has yet to take a five-wicket haul in 13 matches.
Gillespie praised Shami’s seam presentation, stating that it is one of the best in world cricket. He believes that if there is any movement to be found off the pitch, Shami can exploit it and pose difficult questions to the Australian batsmen. Gillespie also spoke highly of another Indian pacer, Mohammad Siraj, acknowledging his aggressive approach and potential to become a 200-plus Test wicket-taker.
Considering Bumrah’s absence, India must choose between Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, and Shardul Thakur as the third fast bowler. Alternatively, they may opt for two out of the three if conditions demand a four-man fast-bowling attack. Thakur provides batting depth, while Yadav’s aggressive style and excellent pace make him an appealing choice.