Former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has preferred to play fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar over Mohammed Shami for India’s World Cup match against West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday.
“For the upcoming match between India and West Indies, if I had to choose between Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami, I would definitely pick Bhuvneshwar Kumar,” Tendulkar told Star Sports.
“It’s great news for India that Bhuvneshwar Kumar is fit. I have seen his body language which showed that he is really confident,” said the Master Blaster.
Bhuvneshwar had picked up a hamstring injury playing against Pakistan which led to Shami’s inclusion in India’s next match against Afghanistan. Shami grabbed the opportunity with both the hands and ended with figures of 4 for 40, including a breathtaking hat-trick to win a last over-thriller for India.
“The only reason being, Bhuvneshwar can bowl to Chris Gayle at the outer angle and that is what makes Chris Gayle uncomfortable. I still remember how uncomfortable Chris Gayle was when Bhuvneshwar Kumar was bowling at him in the last Test I played,” he added.
“I know it will be a little unfortunate for Mohammed Shami but I believe for this game, Bhuvneshwar Kumar should be picked,” Tendulkar concluded.
Notably, the Men in Blue have been invincible in the tournament so far. With 9 points from 5 matches (4 wins and a rain-washed match), India are at the 3rd spot on the points table.