Will Mohammed Shami retain his place in XI when Hardik Pandya returns? Aakash Chopra weighs in on selection debate
World Cup 2023: Mohammed Shami's 5 for 54 in his first World Cup 2023 game followed by Virat Kohli's 95 helped India beat New Zealand by four wickets in Dharamsala. It remains to be seen if India will persist with Shami in their XI if and when Hardik Pandya returns from injury.

As the cricket fraternity lauded Mohammed Shami's terrific return to World Cup action on Sunday, it remains uncertain the fast bowler will be a sure-shot starter in India's next game against England on September 29. That will eventually come down to Hardik Pandya's recovery from his ankle injury that kept the all-rounder out of action in Dharamsala against New Zealand.

Shami, who was benched for the first four matches of the World Cup 2023, was brought into the playing XI against New Zealand after Hardik Pandya suffered an ankle injury in the match against Bangladesh in Pune on October 19. Eventually, Shardul Thakur, who hasn't had a great outing in the mega tournament so far with a mere two wickets in three matches under his belt, had to be left out to make way for Shami, who was right on the money for India.
Shami, it seems, was ready for the call as he shone with his best World Cup figures of 5 for 54.