[caption id="attachment_867253" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-867253" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/IND-NZ-Shami-AFP.png" alt="India vs New Zealand, India, New Zealand, Mohammed Shami, ICC World Cup 2019, World Cup" width="628" height="469" /> Shami, who has picked up 14 wickets in the four matches that he has played so far, was not included in the playing XI. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/news/">Indian team</a> management was on Tuesday criticised on social media after they did not include right-arm pacer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mohammed-shami/news/">Mohammed Shami</a> in the playing XI for the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">ICC Cricket World Cup 2019</a> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-new-zealand-live-cricket-score-and-updates-ind-vs-nz-1st-semi-final-live-score-old-trafford-manchester-kane-williamson-fifty-leads-new-zealands-recovery-867086">semi-final clash</a> against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand/news/">New Zealand</a> at the Old Trafford in Manchester. <p></p> <p></p>Shami, who has picked up 14 wickets in the four matches that he has played so far, was not included in the playing XI. Instead, legspinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/yuzvendra-chahal/news/">Yuzvendra Chahal</a> was included in the side in place of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kuldeep-yadav/news/">Kuldeep Yadav</a>. Shami also did not play in India's last league game against Sri Lanka on July 6. <p></p> <p></p>"Okay with Chahal over Kuldeep. Not so much for Shami's exclusion. Only five bowlers is a possible concern but from that perspective, bowling first isn't that bad a thing. India bats deep with this combination," said cricketer-turned-commentator Akash Chopra after former India skipper Sourav Ganguly questioned Kohli's move. <p></p> <p></p>https://twitter.com/bhogleharsha/status/1148519479330185222 <p></p> <p></p>"Like Sourav Ganguly, I admit I am surprised by the dropping of Shami. He takes wickets upfront and if you do, the death overs aren't as critical. India batting very deep with Jadeja at 8 but it is a big call to leave out Kuldeep against a team he has done well," tweeted celebrated commentator Harsha Bhogle. <p></p> <p></p>"India's XI is slightly conservative. Picking Bhuvi &amp; Jadeja ahead of Kuldeep &amp; Shami they've arguably picked the better all-round players at the expense of the better bowlers, but on a fresh pitch which has been high-scoring in this comp that batting depth could be precious," wrote one of the Twitter users. <p></p> <p></p>"There are about 20 people sitting around me right now, nobody has a clue why Bhuvi is playing ahead of Shami. And they all know the game," tweeted another user. <p></p> <p></p>"Really surprised that Shami isn't in the squad for this crucial game," said another user on the microblogging website. <p></p> <p></p>"Is Shami injured or have we wilfully not picked the guy with 14 wickets in 4 games &amp; the best strike rate in the entire tournament?"