Javagal Srinath said Mohammed Shami needed more practice before this series © IANS
Javagal Srinath said Mohammed Shami needed more practice before this series © IANS

Former Indian pacer Javagal Srinath expressed his concern about Mohammed Shami‘s lack of practice ahead of Australia tour. India will be playing the Australian team in 5 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 3 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and looking at the fact that it has been long since they have won an ODI series, the former India bowler thinks they should look up to win this one and gather confidence from it prior to the ICC World T20 2016. While Australia has named a few surprise players such as Scott Boland and Joel Paris, India has chosen to stick to their probable team for the mega T20 event. READ: India seal thumping win over Western Australia XI in warm up game; Kohli, Dhawan, bowlers star

In an interview given to Times of India, Srinath said, “I look at this series as an opportunity. But you just can’t depend on good rival players retiring or getting injured to win a series. You will still need to play good cricket overall. It could be a case of somebody else chipping in for the Aussies. That is the sporting culture that Australia has to offer. You’ll see somebody putting his hand up and saying if it is not Starc then it is me. This could bring the best out of them. I don’t know if it is right to think that just because the Aussie attack is a bit depleted, hence we have a good chance.” READ: Kohli, Dhawan fifties help India score commanding 192-4 against WAXI in warm up match at Perth

Mitchell Starc will be absent for the series following his injury and Australia will go with a less experienced bowling action. Talking about this, Srinath said, “It’ll be a formidable task for the Indians. Even if they are not experienced enough, playing at home will give them the advantage as there will be bounce and pace. The ODI pitches may not be as challenging as the Test pitches but the Indians will have to play the cut and pull shot well to win the matches.”

Mohammad Shami is back in the national side and mentioning the fact that he has missed a good amount of practice, Srinath stated, “I am worried about his lack of match practice. I don’t know if he’s played any Ranji Trophy game but I feel he should have bowled good 30-35 overs in a couple of matches before heading to Australia. At least 18 overs an innings, and that is the kind of practice you need. However, he’s playing in the ODIs and at this level you should be able to come back and hit your line and length.”