Mohammed Shami is a key component of India's Test team. He's developed into a match-winner for India, and he's put in some memorable performances under Virat Kohli's captaincy. With Kohli stepping down as Test captain, the BCCI and management are racing against the clock to name India's next captain.
There's also a theory floating around the cricket world right now about fast bowling captains. The appointment of Pat Cummins as Australia's Test captain has added fuel to the fire. The most likely contender to succeed Kohli as Test captain is Rohit Sharma. The management, on the other hand, is considering appointing a fast bowler as Test captain.
If the management continues in this approach, Jasprit Bumrah will win the race. If given the chance, he also indicated interest in leading the team.
“If given an opportunity, it will be an honour and I don’t see any player would say no and I am no different. Be it any leadership group, I always look to contribute however I can, to the best of my abilities,” Bumrah had said.
Mohammed Shami, for one, has stated that he is prepared to take on any responsibility that is entrusted to him, but that captaincy is not the only thing on his mind at the moment.
“I am not thinking too much about captaincy at the moment. I am ready for whatever responsibility is given to me. To be honest, who doesn’t want to captain the India team but it is not the only thing and I am looking to contribute in whichever manner possible for the team,” said Shami.
He was selected for the Test series against South Africa but not for the ODIs. He was also left out of the West Indies' ODI and T20I series at home. Shami expressed his disappointment at the omission and expressed his desire to be a part of India's white-ball lineup.
“I am available for selection in all formats and if it happens, I am more than looking forward to it,” stated Shami.