Avesh will take Shami’s place in the second Test.

Avesh will take Shami’s place in the second Test.

Before the second Test match against South Africa, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Friday, December 29, that right-arm pacer Avesh Khan will take Mohammad Shami’s place. Shami suffered an ankle injury prior to the series, from which he is currently recovering.

A day after losing by an innings in Centurion, India added uncapped fast bowler Avesh Khan to their second Test squad for their match against South Africa. The second and last Test is scheduled for January 3 in Cape Town. Mohammed Shami, who will miss the Test series due to an ankle injury, is replace by Avesh.

Avesh played three ODIs this month and is currently in South Africa with India A. He claimed five wickets on the third day of the second four-day match in Benoni. Avesh had taken 149 wickets at an average of 22.65 from 38 first-class matches prior to that one, including seven five-wicket hauls. With 38 wickets in eight games during the previous Ranji Trophy season, he was also Madhya Pradesh’s top wicket-taker.

Muhammad Shami’s Records

Shami has surpassed Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath to become the top Indian wicket-taker in World Cup competitions. In only fifteen matches, he has claimed 47 wickets. With 16 wickets in just 4 matches, he is India’s top wicket-taker in the ongoing 2023 World Cup and third overall.

As of right now, Shami has the most five-wicket innings of any bowler in Cricket World Cup history with four. In addition, he is the first Indian bowler to reach 50 wickets in the World Cup’s history and the fastest bowler overall. Throughout the World Cup, Shami has claimed 55 wickets in 18 games.

Speaking on Sportskeeda ahead of India’s final group stage match against the Netherlands, former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir said that Mohammed Shami would end up with more wickets than Jasprit Bumrah in the tournament. Bumrah currently has 15 wickets to his name in the World Cup 2023, just one behind Shami’s 16.

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