Shami vs Thakur- The debate that never was
If you're sort of cricket fan who believes in picking your best bowlers from Nos. 8 to 11, never mind their batting ability. Then ongoing India vs Australia ODI series can tell you a lot
Mohammed Shami, who is definitely one of India's four best bowlers, picked up 5 for 51 while Shardul Thakur, who isn't one of the India's four best bowlers, went at almost eight an over
India however, have been clear in the lead-up to the World Cup. They've almost always picked up only three of their four best bowlers, along with Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, and one all-rounder at No.8 or a third spinner depending on conditions
This might seem like a frustrating reality after games like Mohali, but not all ODIs are like Mohali. Some, instead are like Birmingham 2019, the match that convinced India that batting depth is non-negotiable.
India picked their four best bowlers in that game- Bumrah, Shami, Kuldeep and Chahal-only for them to be liability when the chase of 337 commenced
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli out on 138 that day, but went at less than a run a ball, opting to keep wickets in hand and convert it into T20 chase. After MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav, there was no batting to come, and India were resigned to playing for NRR
India jettisoned Kul-Cha after that game, and went back to one wrist spinner plus Jadeja. What can at No.8 do if your top seven doesn't score runs?
Ravindra Jadeja answered that question more than adequately nine days later, almost winning India a semi-final they had all but lost