Mohammed Shami remains unperturbed by his intermittent absence from Team India’s Playing XI in one-day internationals. The 33-year-old fast bowler emphasizes that the team’s welfare always takes precedence, recognizing that occasionally, someone must step aside to maintain the team’s balance.

In the inaugural ODI in Mohali, Shami delivered a stellar performance by capturing 5 wickets, earning him the distinction of being the first Indian pacer in 16 years to achieve this feat on home soil in the fifty-over format. Shami replaced Mohammed Siraj, who was given a rest.

Shami remarked, “This is a natural part of the game. Understanding the team’s needs is crucial. It’s not always possible to be a part of the Playing XI in every match. There’s no point in becoming disheartened. Being a part of the squad is valuable, and you can still make a meaningful contribution, even from the sidelines.”

Australia was dismissed for 276 runs in 50 overs, and India secured a 5-wicket victory, thanks to notable performances from Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, skipper KL Rahul, and Suryakumar Yadav, all of whom scored half-centuries. With this triumph, India ascended to the top spot in one-day internationals.

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