In IND vs SA series, Shami and Hooda are unlikely to play; Iyer may play

The return of Mohammed Shami to the Indian T20 International team is expected to be further delayed. He is still recovering from the Covid infection that kept him out of the recent series against Australia. As a result, Shami may also miss the three T20I series against South Africa beginning on Wednesday (September 28).

In the first game, the Indian team reached Thiruvananthapuram on Monday evening, but Shami has not travelled there. Shami’s replacement, Umesh Yadav, has travelled to South Africa with the team, suggesting he will play in the South Africa series too. Since Sunday, the South African team has been in Kerala.

Shami’s participation in the World Cup with the Indian team is still unknown. A source said, “There is no medical update regarding how long it will take him to become fully fit.” Shami is one of four standbys for the World Cup. In the years since the World Cup in UAE, Shami hasn’t played a T20I. The last time he played for his country was against England in an ODI in July.

Despite Hooda’s back injury, the BCCI said he was not available for selection for the third T20I against Australia in Hyderabad on Sunday. An injury to Deepak Hooda prevented him from playing in this game.

It appears Hooda might need medical attention at the National Cricket Academy due to his injury. In addition, Hooda has not left for Thiruvananthapuram, so Shreyas Iyer, who was announced as a standby, could fill Hooda’s spot.

The World Cup squad is not expected to change immediately, however. All players selected for the team are expected to be able to travel at this stage. As soon as the South Africa series ends on October 4 in Indore, the Indian team will leave for Australia.

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